Benefits Of Needle Exchange Programs

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There shouldn’t be any controversy regarding these programs because there is no evidence that anyone will suddenly experiment with heroin because free needles are available. These programs are for people with serious drug addictions. Various organizations, including the GAO, CDC, and World Health Organization, have universally recognized the effectiveness of needle exchange programs. For example, needle exchange programs reduce HIV rates by 80% among intravenous drug users, according to the Center for Disease Control. In addition, the savings in health care costs are astounding and more than pay for the cost of these programs. According to the Harm Reduction Coalition, every $385,200 that is spent on needle exchange programs can prevent 30 HIV infections. The same amount of money represents the lifetime cost of medical care for each new person infected with HIV. Joe Biden railed against some common sense harm reduction efforts during his time in the Senate. His indirect target was the fairly benign drug MDMA or ecstasy, which had been legal until 1985. In fact, it was frequently prescribed beforehand by therapists, particularly marriage counselors. Furthermore, the overdose risk from the drug ecstasy is fairly low, as long as the proper harm reduction methods are in place. Ecstasy is generally the drug of choice at electronic musical festivals known as raves. Accordingly, some non-profit groups attend these festivals to test the purity of partygoers’ pills. On the other hand, the most valid risk for ecstasy users is overheating. That’s why raves used to have plenty of bottled water available and “chill rooms,” but now business owners who offer those things are at risk for violating the law. Those kinds of harm reduction effo... ... middle of paper ... ...tion, Dr. Ben Sessa, a psychiatrist and addiction specialist, suggested to the BBC that the reason behind the lack of research may be because ibogaine can’t be patented; after all, it comes from a plant. Many Americans still oppose methadone treatments even though there is a strong net positive impact. There is a cost-savings in comparison to incarceration and a reduction in crime and STDs associated with intravenous drug use. Methadone is horribly unhealthy, but it serves as a safer substitute to help the addict withdraw from opiates. Also, methadone has a longer lasting effect which allows patients to take only one dose a day (around $15 a day) without feeling intoxicated if the dosage is prescribed reasonably. For those reasons, methadone users can generally maintain a more productive work life than heroin addicts who feel the need to use multiple times a day.
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