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June 18, 2018

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Health or Harm: The Impact of Needle Exchange
Last Featured: 1/29/2001

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In this edition of Justice Talking, we`ll take a look at the controversial practice of needle exchange. IV drug use continues to be among the leading causes of HIV transmission. To combat that threat, cities throughout the country have launched programs where addicts can trade their dirty needles for clean ones. Some hail these innovative programs as a simple positive step in the fight against AIDS; others charge that needle exchange puts a government sanction on drug abuse and leads to an increase in crime. Does needle exchange save lives or fuel drug addiction?

Scott Burris is a professor at the Beasley School of Law at Temple University and Associate Director of the new Center for Law and the Public Health at John Hopkins University. A graduate of Yale Law School, Burris has written extensively in the area of HIV and public health law. He has served as a health law consultant for the United Nations, for the producers of the Oscar winning film, Philadelphia, and for the founders of Philadelphia's needle exchange. Prior to joining the law school faculty in 1991, Burris was an attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania.

David Murray David Murray is Director of Research for the Statistical Assessment Service, STATS, a research organization in Washington, D.C., devoted to the accurate use of scientific and social research in public policy debate. While at STATS, Murray has examined the scientific research that supports the efficacy of needle exchange programs. In addition, Murray is an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy at Georgetown University and a member of the United States Census Monitoring Board. Murray, who has a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the University of Chicago, taught at Connecticut College, Brown and Brandies Universities.

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"Recall the face of the poorest and most helpless man whom you may have seen and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him. Will he be able to gain anything by it? Will it restore him to a control over his own life and destiny?"

— Mahatma Gandhi

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AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP)
American Bar Association
American Medical Association
Centers for Disease Control
The Lindesmith Center
National Coalition to Save Lives Now!
North Americas Needle Exchange Network (NASEN)
Prevention Point Philadelphia
The Dogwood Center
Project Sero
The Clinton Administration's Internal Reviews of Research on Needle Exchange Programs
Lindesmith Syringe Exchange Library
NASEN Syringe Exchange Reports and Literature
The Public Health Impact of Needle Exchange Programs in the United Sates and Abroad
CTCourt Protects Needle Exchange Program
HIV/AIDS and the Drug Culture: Shattered Lives
by Elizabeth Hagan and Joan Gormley
Preventing Hiv Transmission : The Role of Sterile Needles and Bleach
by Jacques Normand (Editor), David Vlahov (Editor), Lincoln E. Moses (Editor)
Proceedings Workshop on Needle Exchange and Bleach Distribution Programs
by Panel on Needle Exchange and Bleach Distribution Programs, Panel On Need National Research Council
The Law and Infectious Disease
Is There a Right to Health Care?
Have Health Officials Become the Diet Police?