Today’s headline story about the needle exchange program was
shocking to read and it became more shocking when I read that it is
run by the Boulder Country Public Health Department. Using county
tax dollars to essentially support people’s drug habit?
The argument that this program is for the better of the county’s
health only concludes that the county has given up on trying to
curb its drug problem through counsel and/or punishment. The only
way I would support this program is if a cop stood inside the
building and arrested the drug users that came in to exchange their
needles. That will be better for the county’s health.
This exchange program differs from efforts to promote people to
bring in and exchange guns because innocent people die everyday
from unmotivated gun violence. As harsh as it may sound, no one is
innocent if they receive AIDS or Hepatitis A from using a dirty