Needle exchange is one way to prevent HIV infection in injection drug users (IDUs), their sexual partners, and their unborn children.
People who inject drugs are at high risk of contracting HIV if they share needles. If they contract HIV, their needle-sharing partners, sexual partners and unborn children may also become infected.
In Multnomah County, the health department is committed to doing whatever we can to build healthy communities. Our mission is to aassure, promote and protect the health of the people of Multnomah County.
With all the recent heroin overdoses (such a sad loss) I thought that I would check out our local needle exchange programs to see how our tax dollars are helping people overdose in a more sterile way. What I found was much more disturbing. Apparently Multnomah County is very concerned about the unborn children of drug addicts, not so concerned as to get the drug addicts to stop shooting up while they are pregnant, just concerned enough to give them a sterile needle to inject the poison into their body.
I believe that mandatory reporting laws make this a crime. Children are being abused and instead of arresting the abuser to ensure that no more poison can be delivered to the developing child the abuser is given drug paraphernalia and sent on their merry way. This is a crime in the literal sense as well as the moral sense.
Oh wait, thankfully Multnomah County offers this thoughtful advise:
If you shoot drugs and you never share rigs, cotton, cookers or water with anyone, that's a smart move!
Yes, so smart. You usually see a direct correlation between people who shoot drugs, but don't share needles, and high SAT scores. They should put that one in a fortune cookie.