Pick of the Day: Spring Needle Cleanup

Not exactly the social event of the year, admittedly. But unfortunately a sad reality of modern life.  According to organizers at Street Project, throughout Saskatchewan various needle exchange programs handed out around 4 million needles to 5000 injection drug users in 2009. Doing so helps limit the spread of blood-borne diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C in the province.

In a perfect world, of course, people wouldn’t use injection drugs. But we don’t live in a perfect world. Neither do we even live in a world where governments proactively embrace proven harm-reduction strategies like safe-injection sites. Far from it, in fact. Thus, the need for events like this.

With the snow now virtually gone, volunteers are gathering today to sweep through the Core and North-Central areas to remove used needles that had been discarded over the winter. If you’re free for a few hours and want to volunteer call 766-7799.

Also on tonight is Combat Improv at the Exchange where local improv artists will assemble at 8:30 p.m. to practice their craft.

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5 Responses to Pick of the Day: Spring Needle Cleanup

  1. Gregory April 8, 2010 at 10:25 am #

    I know bigotry and hate aren’t supposed to be tolerated in the comments section, but I have to post this link:
    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/archives/013731.html#comments

  2. anonymous April 8, 2010 at 8:43 pm #

    well if drug addicts want respect why dont they have a little case for there needles like diabetics and cleaners ect if they claim legalizing drugs is the answer then show some responsibility i know what its like too step on a needle for a moment your ready too kill someone . AND IF I SEEN THE PERSON WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE LOOK OUT and this is not a partisan issue cause i have no more respect for EXTREME right wing radio hosts then i have for you. respect must be earned. ‘and addiction its a disease if your that far gone than you must be given or seek help or get lost . or be confined .cant endanger the public a let SOCIETY decay . get structure get religion but get something please MAYBE SOME FORM OF LEGALIZATION WOULD HELP CURB CRIME BUT HAVE TOO SEE SOME SIGN OF RESPONSIBILITY THAT FROM THE ADDICTS

  3. LG April 9, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    Wow, after reading those posts on small dead animals, I couldn’t not reply. I hate people with an opinion that don’t take the time to try to understand the underlying reasons that a program has been developed and running since 1992.

  4. Chris April 9, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

    “I hate people with an opinion that don’t take the time to try to understand the underlying reasons that a program has been developed and running since 1992″

    The program may have had good intentions, but it’s gone way too far! Four million needles, that’s around 800 per user!!!

    Please explain why the Sask’s AIDS cases are rapidly increasing while Alberta and Manitoba’s they haven’t! Obviously due to the massive quantities of free needles now available Sask drug users have now made injection the method of choice.

  5. Glenn April 10, 2010 at 11:52 am #

    “The program may have had good intentions, but it’s gone way too far! Four million needles, that’s around 800 per user!!!”

    Which breaks down to between 2 and 3 needles per day per user. Doesn’t seem like outrageous useage to me, for an addict anyway.

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