Tuesday, April 13, 2010

HIV rise sparks warning

HIV rise sparks warning

You know, I really should leave this one alone....

Wait, what am I saying, of course I shouldn't leave it alone.

When it comes to a jump in HIV infections in Saskatchewan which happened to coincide with an increase in the number of needles handed out to drug users for free, well, that's a little too much of a coincidence for this conservative minded person.

So here's the thing, why don't we stop beating around the bush. The fact is that injection drug users will go where they can get their equipment for the cheapest. The drugs will follow the users, no matter where they go. So with all due respect to those people whose job is to advocate for these people and provide services to them, it is time that we stop helping these people. It's time for a little bit of an experiment. What experiment, you might ask? Well, it's simple.

Stop giving out free needles like they are prepackaged candies. Start going back to a 1 to 1 to 1 system. What is this system? Simple. One needle gets exchanged for one needle and one counseling session. No exceptions. No giving buckets full of needles. No exchanging buckets full of needles by children who are obviously not using them themselves. Nope, one needle out for one needle in and a counseling session.

Maybe doing this will force injection drug users to change their lives around. And if it doesn't?

Well, the sooner they leave for greener pastures or die from an injection related illness, the better it will be for all of us.

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