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Re: [IP] Free Needles for Druggies, no help for diabetics
- Subject: Re: [IP] Free Needles for Druggies, no help for diabetics
- From: "Michael" <email @ redacted>
- Date: Thu, 15 Oct 1998 15:41:00 +0000
> Very well said.
Maybe so. But it is irksome when the goverment goes out of its way to
help people who wouldn't get out of the way if a truck were going to
run over them yet will not help at all those people who try very hard
to be productive citizens, contribute to society and take care of
themselves and their families while facing the problems of an
'expensive' chronic disease with little or no governmental assistance
either regulatory or otherwise. Some how the priorities are wrong
here. I am not saying that these programs are not worthwhile, just
that there are many other things that are equally if not more
worthwhile for the overall benefit of our society.
Just my 0.02 cents worth.
> > I just want to shed a lttle light about needle exchange programs. I work for
> > a drug and alcohol treatment center that also has a street outreach with a
> > "needles" program and we are NOT interested in promoting drug use. Needle
> > exchange programs provide clean needles in exchange for dirty ones. The idea
> > is that it will prevent the spread of infectious diseases that are a public
> > health risk. Addicts are going to use, whether they are supplied with clean
> > needles or not. It doesn't further their drug use and in fact, helps them
> > takes steps to protect their health that can eventually lead to getting clean.
> > I know, I've seen it happen.
> > << The thing that bugs me is that the government here in
> > > New Brunswick are giving druggies free needles to help their drug
> > > abuse. The thing is we need insulin to stay alive and a junkie needs
> > > needles to get high. >>
> > It does still rot that we diabetics have to fight to get basic supplies that
> > keep us alive. I battle with my HMO every 3 months when I have to reorder.
> > Last time I had to threaten to go to the ER for a costly bout of DKA before
> > they got to work on actually helping me. But, my right to good care is not
> > more important than someone elses. We are just dealing with different
> > diseases.
> > Daniel
> > Insulin-Pumpers website http://www.bizsystems.com/Diabetes/
> Insulin-Pumpers website http://www.bizsystems.com/Diabetes/
email @ redacted
Insulin-Pumpers website http://www.bizsystems.com/Diabetes/