A few weeks ago, the NC House of Representatives and Senate introduced a \"harm reduction\" bill which (if passed) would provide funding for community based HIV and hepatitis B and C prevention programs in NC including three demonstration syringe exchange programs. This would be a momentous step in the right direction for our state towards preventing new infections of these deadly viruses. Syringe exchange programs have been scientifically shown in dozens of studies not to increase drug use and are endorsed by major health organizations, including the American Medical Association, the Institute of Medicine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization (the links are listed on the right of this page). These programs also help prevent needle stick injuries to our law enforcement officers and properly dispose of used syringes. Folks, these viruses affect us all. You may already know someone who has been infected. You may know someone who will be infected. If nothing else, your money may be helping to pay the estimated $20,000 per year in medical bills for each person with HIV, a burden that they and their communities must find a way to handle. Preventing only two new HIV infections per year pays the operating cost of an exchange--that\'s saving your tax dollars! Let\'s stop pretending that it doesn\'t happen here, in the place that we call home. Please sign the petition below to tell our legislators that we support harm reduction! We appreciate the support we have received from around the country on our initiative. For now, we would like to limit signatures on this petition to North Carolina residents. Petition: Yes! I/we support the allocation of funds for community-based, harm reduction programs to prevent the spread of HIV and Hepatitis B and C in North Carolina.
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Anne Lamberti, LPC, United States5 years ago Comments: I work as an addictions counselor with injecting drug abusers. It breaks my heart that current laws prohibit myself and others from saving the lives and health of our fellow North Carolinians.
Adam Sidell, United States5 years ago Comments: As an outrerach worker in the Triangle I see a tremendous need for syringe exchange programs. There are IV drug users in our communities, IV drug users that are HIV+ and positive for Hepatits as well. Access to new syringes can have a positive effect on our commubnities and slow the spread of blood borne infections.
Robert Childs, MPH, United States5 years ago
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