Argument: Needle exchanges rightly place harm reduction over ideology

Issue Report: Needle exchanges


Toni Meyer. “Making the case for opposing needle exchange”. New Jersey Family Policy Council. November 16, 2007: “It may not be the prettiest solution, but needle exchange saves money and lives. This is not a question of principle or morality, but public health.”

Alan Franciscus. “Needle Exchange – A Matter of Public Health”. Hepatitis. April/June 2003: “Harm reduction holds that the health and well-being of the individual is of primary concern; if individuals are unwilling or unable to change addictive behaviors at this time, they should not be denied services. Attempts should be made to reduce the harm of their habits as much as possible. This approach to addiction is viewed by some as compassionate and pragmatic; by others as selfish and dangerous.”