Deer Park doesn't want needle exchange programs
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#1 Dec 8, 2013
I have never been able to figure out how this could be a bad idea. As a former addict with Hep C, I feel like i can possibly offer some real information in support of needle exchanges.
It's really pretty simple. People in active heroin addiction are going to shoot up whether their needle is clean or been used by multiple people. I know this from over 10 yrs of personal experience. Its incredibly stupid, but unless you've been addicted to heroin, you simply don't understand how god awful being dopesick (withdrawling)from heroin really is. Your morals, beliefs, values and basically everything you care about when you're not using vanish and you will go to any length necessary to cop dope and stop or prevent dopesickness.
So those of you who think a needle exchange program is going to create more addicts are, plain and simple, completely wrong. What exchanges do is lower the spread of infectious diseases like HEP C and HIV, and face it, how is that not a good thing.
I'm in now way condoning the use of heroin but thinking it can be completely stopped is so ludicrous it makes me really concerned about the general public's intelligence. the root of this is epidemic, and yes i do concur that its a full-blown epidemic, is the total lack of pharmaceutical companies, specifically Purdue Pharma, makers of oxycontin. As an active member in recovery communities, the number of heroin addicts i see absolutely astounds me. and the fact of the matter is that the overwhelming majority of them had legitimate prescriptions for legitimate physical ailments and their doctors got put so far under the DEA's microscope that these chronic pain sufferers got completely cut off the medication they needed, and by the very nature of opiates, were physiologically dependant on, began suffering horrible withdrawls and turn to heroin to get pain relief.
this leads me to believe that the combination of highly aggressive marketing and distribution tactics of pharmaceutical companies producing these powerful opiates must be kept in check by the proper government offices. It also means that systems like OARRS, Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System, need to be federally mandated in every state to snuff out corrupt prescribers and illegitimate doctor/pharmacy shoppers, thus potentially enabling the root of the heroin epidemic which is prescription opiates so people don't have to turn to heroin, thus reducing the critical need for needle exchange programs because of less heroin addicts.
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