Newsbrief: Needle Exchange in Springfield and Atlanta 9/7/01

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The Springfield Union-News in Springfield, Massachusetts,reported on 8/31 that City Councilor Timothy Rooke is seeking to place a non-binding referendum on needle exchange programs on the November 6 ballot. Rooke is not trying to help injection drug users, though -- he opposes them, and wants the questions worded: "Do you want hypodermic needles handed out in your neighborhood to drug addicts to help slow the spread of AIDS?"

A spokesperson for the Springfield Harm Reduction Coalition, Elizabeth Simon, criticized Rooke's wording, saying "This clearly is meant to arouse the fears -- 'Oh, there will be drug addicts running around and they might be dangerous.'"

In Atlanta, meanwhile, the publication Creative Loafing reported 8/29 on the long-term progress made by the Atlanta Harm Reduction Center in becoming an accepted part of the community's public health infrastructure. Formed in 1994 as a subcommittee of ACT UP Atlanta, AHRC has only one paid staffer, Program Director Mona Bennett, and struggles to find money to pay for the syringes it gives away but received funding for other purposes from entities such as the Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund.

In a sign of how times change, Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell -- who declared during the American Cities Against Drugs conference in 1995 that "there would never be needle exchange in Atlanta" -- coincidentally the very week that AHRC distributed its first syringes -- Mayor Campbell recently said it was time to applaud grassroots groups that operate needle exchange and condom distribution programs, according to Creative Loafing. Campbell, however, is leaving office at the end of the year, and neither of the leading candidates have made their views on needle exchange programs known.

The summer issue of Yale Medicine includes a review of the beginnings of needle exchange programs in New Haven a decade ago, and the research there that proved the programs' effectiveness for reducing the spread of disease. Read the article at:

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