Las Vegas has passed a new law that will allow the city to provide clean needles to junkies through government run vending machines.
The vending machines will not require any money to use, but instead a special ID issued to junkies.
“This is a harm reduction approach,” said Chelsi Cheatom, program manager for Trac-B Exchange, in an interview with NBC Las Vegas affiliate KSNV. “People are already exchanging in these behaviors, and anytime someone’s engaging in a behavior that could cause them some potential health side effects, we want to encourage them to reduce their risk of harm.”
“Providing clean needles and supplies is a proven method for limiting disease transmission in a community,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District, in a statement Wednesday.
100 Percent Fed Up reports:
Nevada is the first U.S. state to launch a vending machine program for clean syringes, but the vending machine model has been in use for several years in Puerto Rico, Europe, and Australia.
In 2014, a harm-reduction group installed crack pipe vending machines in Vancouver, Canada. But that program operated differently, with full access to anyone for just a quarter.
This is a strange way to try and combat drug addiction. You would think the best way to quit drugs would be to stop taking them. It seems Las Vegas has a different approach to this issue.