Cliff Gardner

Monday, November 28, 2005

I'm no drug policy expert but...No, wait, I AM!

***EDIT-- Dre makes a good point, I should clarify. When I said that laws banning the sale of needles should be repealed, I meant that they should be amended to allow for exemptions for needle exchange programs. Since many of these laws don't have such provisions, although they have good intentions, they really do more harm than good.***

One of my favorite lines from "The West Wing" is when President Bartlett is arguing about the economy and says "well I'm no economist but...No, wait, I AM AN ECONOMIST!" I like it when smart people with good intentions are a little cocky in their areas of expertise. With that in mind, there aren't a whole lot of things that I feel I can speak with authority on, but American Drug Policy is one of them, so I say this: needle exchange programs are one of the best ways to combat the spread of lethal diseases and ultimately reduce drug use. I won't go into detail here because I assume since you're reading CG that you're smarter than the average blogger, except to say that laws prohibiting the sale of needles are killing tens of thousands of Americans every year and should be repealed.


  • The fact that this demand for more needles comes immediately after that Amelia Earhart/porno post concerns me just a bit. Do we need to have a talk, Thomas?

    By Blogger Your Friendly Neighborhood Clark Bar, at 11:06 PM  

  • Why do laws banning the SALE of needles need to be repealed? Why can't programs give them away for free? I'm sure you understand why drug paraphernalia isn't that awesome to sell. Would this mean head shops would continue to be shady and back-room about selling "incense burners" that are really crystal meth pipes, but could put the needles and matches up front with the rolling papers? That seems a bit weird.

    Anyway, please educate me.

    By Anonymous andrea, at 12:48 AM  

  • I heard, from someone, that Portland has a woman who runs some sort of needle exchange for the street kids in P-Town, I don't know many details, but I hope it is true, because I do think that it is a good idea to NOT have loads of diseases spreading amongst people who obviously already have bigger problems than they can deal with.

    By Anonymous Melissa, at 4:28 AM  

  • I like to think I'm smarter than the average bloger, LOL!

    procrastination.... reeeaaaaaally need to be studying...

    There's no Boston Legal tonight :(

    By Anonymous Kim, at 4:33 PM  

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