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    Do you support the end of the syringe-exchange program?

    In the United States, many people diagnosed with HIV are infected by dirty needles used to inject themselves with drugs.

    Thanks to the War on Drugs, one of the biggest demographics in US prisons are convicted drug users, in a country that has stigmatized drug use and treats addicts as criminals, treating everything but the root cause itself.

    Drug addiction is a very real thing - the prison system has thus far been ineffectual and so has every drugs policy pursued by every President since this problem began.

    But now that components of the US government want to pull the plug on the syringe-exchange program, where does that leave us? Does encouraging the use of dirty needles dissuade addicts from taking the drug? What impact will this have on rates of infection across America?

    Do you support the termination of the syringe-exchange program?

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    Re: Do you support the end of the syringe-exchange program?

    Quote Originally Posted by kaya'08 View Post
    Do you support the termination of the syringe-exchange program?
    I support the federal government stopping its program. I don't think our states chose to form a union so that it could administer a needle exchange program. Any state could establish such a program if they wished. My particular state has such a program. I prefer to keep the federal government focused on federal matters.

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    Re: Do you support the end of the syringe-exchange program?

    Quote Originally Posted by kaya'08 View Post
    Do you support the termination of the syringe-exchange program?
    Yes. If junkies wish to inject themselves with illegal drugs then that should be their business. The government I.E. we the tax payers should have no part in someone injecting themselves with illegal drugs.
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    Re: Do you support the end of the syringe-exchange program?

    I do not think the government was created to protect all people from their stupidity.

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    Re: Do you support the end of the syringe-exchange program?

    If using narcotics is a criminal act, why does the government supply junkies the means to do so?

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    Re: Do you support the end of the syringe-exchange program?

    It's addressing a public health risk to reduce overall costs to society.

    ...I don't see what people dont get about it.

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    Re: Do you support the end of the syringe-exchange program?

    Quote Originally Posted by MKULTRABOY View Post
    It's addressing a public health risk to reduce overall costs to society.

    ...I don't see what people dont get about it.
    Crazy talk! That'd be like giving teenagers free condoms! Oh, wait...

    The merits of the program may be debatable. But, I don't think it should be federally funded. If a state or municipality wants to do it - I have no problems with it. Given certain areas and needs, it would probably have a very positive impact.

    However, the Federal Government needs to stop thinking that it is supposed to be all things for all people. That's not its job. Protect our borders, enable us to stand united internationally, and make sure the states play fair with one another. Everything else is either a right taken from or given up by the states and our citizens.
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    Re: Do you support the end of the syringe-exchange program?

    And when hokeyville stops their syringe program and and 15,000 people end up with aids... I mean who's going to pay for that ****?

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    Re: Do you support the end of the syringe-exchange program?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Yes. If junkies wish to inject themselves with illegal drugs then that should be their business. The government I.E. we the tax payers should have no part in someone injecting themselves with illegal drugs.
    "Those junkies" you care so little for get aids from injecting with shared dirty needles. Later they have sex with somebody and give them aids, then they give it to you or your kids. Great thinking, Batman.
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    Re: Do you support the end of the syringe-exchange program?

    Quote Originally Posted by GreenvilleGrows View Post
    Crazy talk! That'd be like giving teenagers free condoms! Oh, wait...

    The merits of the program may be debatable. But, I don't think it should be federally funded. If a state or municipality wants to do it - I have no problems with it. Given certain areas and needs, it would probably have a very positive impact.

    However, the Federal Government needs to stop thinking that it is supposed to be all things for all people. That's not its job. Protect our borders, enable us to stand united internationally, and make sure the states play fair with one another. Everything else is either a right taken from or given up by the states and our citizens.
    I agree with you. The reason the states formed a union was that so the union could accomplish task unable to be done my any individual state, such as common defense or eliminating trade barriers between the states.

    Any state or local government is perfectly capable of establishing a needle exchange program. They don't need the federal government to do this.

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