[HARMRED] crack kits?
luciano.colonna at gmail.com
Thu Oct 6 15:42:10 CDT 2011
Regarding the health risks of smoking crack (r meth): What kind of increase in risk of disease transmission are we talking about? While I think drug users should not be denied paraphernalia - I'm interested in learning more about the health concerns. If I'm fighting for someone to have a "right" - I'm interesting in knowing why I'm fighting.
Another issue that I have questions about is the distributing of vitamins. The efficacy of supplements seems to be beneficial only when used as a supplement. I see program after program giving vitamins out and users scooping them up by the handful - taking them in the belief it will keep them healthier. I've often thought that buying fresh fruit was a better idea. I'm not talking about vitamin e and track marks - I'm speaking about C, etc.... Giving people who don't eat vitamins seems like an idea that needs to be revisited.
Full Disclosure: I've run a few harm reduction programs and we always gave out both vitamins and crack kits...
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On 10/6/11, at 11:27 PM, Irina Alexander wrote:
> Dear harm reductionists,
> I'm trying to find out more about the legal status of crack cocaine harm reduction kits. Check out today's article about yet another organization in Canada jumping into the effort.
> Are the kits legal in any states in the US? I made the attached flyer for HIPS last year, but we discovered they're still illegal in DC. Right now, I'm working with a group that's drafting a DC Good Samaritan law bill and we've started discussing possibly trying to include crack cocaine kit language, especially since the District has the highest rate of cocaine use in America.
> Irina Alexander
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