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Personal ramblings and rants of a somewhat twisted mind

30th anniversary of Needle exchange program

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One of the country’s most successful public health initiatives, the needle exchange program has become a network of hundreds of outlets. The first exchange outlets began operating in 1987 following legislation earlier that year that legalised the practice. The early adoption of the exchange program is one reason why AIDS/HIV is low within the intravenous drug using community in Aotearoa New Zealand compared to similar countries elsewhere. Thousands of lives have been saved by the program.
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Author: Barry

A post war baby boomer from Aotearoa New Zealand who has lived with migraines for as long as I can remember and was diagnosed as being autistic aged sixty. I blog because in real life I'm somewhat backwards about coming forward with my opinions.

2 thoughts on “30th anniversary of Needle exchange program

  1. this is something to be emulated elsewhere

  2. Criminologists have been citing needle exchanges for the public health benefits in the States, and there are places which flat out pretend they don’t exist. Such a simple way to help people that often gets ignored.

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