Skip to comments.Social Nihilists Promote Needle Exchange for Junkies
Posted on 09/26/2012 3:26:37 PM PDT by CHRISTIAN DIARIST
It was one year ago this month that lawmakers in Fresno County, California wisely rescinded their previous support for a local needle-exchange program, which supplied clean needles and syringes to junkies with which they could shoot up.
Fresno recognized, however belatedly, that the program was enabling drug addiction in the name of so-called harm reduction.
Dr. Marc Lasher, who founded Fresnos needle exchange program, thinks the countys ban wrongheaded.
So every weekend, he and his team of volunteers pile on an old school bus (kind of like Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters, as immortalized by Tom Wolfe in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test), drive to a drug-infested Fresno neighborhood and hand out fresh needles in exchange for dirty needles.
Lasher and his team wear bright yellow T-shirts with an image on front of God offering a biohazard waste container to Adam, who is holding a dirty syringe an irreverent send-up of Michelangelos painting, The Creation of Adam, on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
But God would hardly approve of needle exchange.
The rationale for such programs, which came into being at the height of the AIDS epidemic, is that, by giving junkies clean needles, communities can reduce the spread of AIDS through intravenous drug use.
Thats what morally-relativist proponents of needle exchange mean when they refer to harm reduction. But what they are really talking about is social nihilism.
For how is harm reduced by rescuing a person from one potential killer AIDS only to deliver them to another drug abuse?
A far superior alternative to needle exchange is drug treatment, to help addicts overcome their deadly habit.
Indeed, the most successful organization in helping IV drug users ists like him enable with their needle exchange is Narcotics Anonymous, founded by a Christ follower, which offers a spiritual program of recovery from drug addiction.
NA employs a 12-step program similar to its forerunner, Alcoholics Anonymous, in which addicts admit their powerlessness over their addiction and lay their burden upon God (and His Son, who casts out demons).
For drug addicts cannot beat their addiction in their own strength; nor with the help of enablers like Lasher. But whom the Son sets free is free indeed.
A friend of mine’s dad was a diabetic.......years ago his dad used to go down to the needle exchange to get free needles. He used to laugh about the look on the people’s face when they’d hand over fresh needles to a 70 year old “junkie.”
How many of those discarded dirty needles ended up in the cities parks? Or along the sidewalks? How dangerously stupid to place its citizens at risk of being infected by a dirty needle.
This problem is ballooning right now.
There are now a huge number of Oxycodone junkies in the US (estimates around 2.5 million). So the drug companies have reformulated Oxycontin to make it much harder to abuse. So the first thing the junkies do is switch to Oxymorphone (usually brand name Opana).
And yes, there is the intent to reformulate Oxymorphone as well. However, the obvious alternative is heroin, which today costs only half as much, or less, and is readily available. A popular variety is brown heroin from Mexico.
So given the extreme difficulty in giving up opiate and synthetic opiate addictions, the US may relatively soon be crawling with heroin junkies in unprecedented numbers.
Fresno "recognized" nothing, but acted on preconceived notions:
'"It's a philosophical question whether you give someone the tools to continue an illegal behavior," said Supervisor Judy Case, [...] one of three board members who voted against the needle exchange.' 'Supervisor Phil Larson was one of three who voted against the exchange. I feel it's an enabling process for someone to stay on drugs longer and not to get them off, he says.'
How many people are undeterred by the inherent dangers of illegal needle drugs but deterred by dirty needles?
NA employs a 12-step program similar to its forerunner, Alcoholics Anonymous, in which addicts admit their powerlessness over their addiction
NA is great for those addicts ready to make that admission - but not all are.
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