Analyzing the Importance and Impact of Syringe Exchange Programs

579 Words Jan 13th, 2018 2 Pages
Society is as only as strong as the weakest among us. Some within society have lost their way and require a collective helping hand to keep them going. The purpose of this essay is to discuss the importance of needle exchange programs within our communities and promote these types of programs' abilities to assist others in the recovery process.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) suggested that syringe exchange programs (SEP's) do have a positive impact. Their report stated that " SEP's have been shown to be an effective way to link some hard to reach individual drug users with important public health services including TB and STD screening and treatment. Through their referrals to substance abuse treatment , SEP's can help these users to stop using drugs." There is a consensus that these programs can and do work, while producing other fringe benefits as well. The problem remains however, how to tailor a program that fits the community that is designed to serve.
It appears that the federal interests for supporting needle exchange programs are waning. Norton (2010) suggested that "Needle-exchange programs have always been controversial, with opponents arguing that they sustain people's addictions and send the wrong message about drug use. The U.S. just recently repealed a ban on federal funding for needle-exchange programs, though some cities have long had their own programs. " Local communities…