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October 22, 1987 | LANIE JONES, Times Staff Writer
Orange County health officials are considering a controversial plan that would teach intravenous drug abusers to use their illegal drugs more safely, and without contracting AIDS. But the idea of educating addicts about safer drug use, rather than enrolling them in a treatment program, poses an ethical dilemma for Timothy P. Mullins, who is in charge of Orange County's drug-abuse programs. "As a treatment person, I can't condone that. . . .
May 6, 1990
An exhaustive national survey of intravenous drug users has confirmed the worst fears of public health officials concerning the role of addicts in the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS. Even more important, the study strengthens the call for improved education and drug rehabilitation programs.
February 26, 1988
A massive expansion of rehabilitation programs for intravenous drug users is high on the agenda of President Reagan's AIDS Commission. It is a wise way to get Washington solidly behind lagging efforts to control the disease. Adm. James D. Watkins, the retired chief of naval operations and the chairman of the commission, gave a preview of the proposals that will come before the full commission Monday for action.
September 14, 1994
The City Council cleared the way Tuesday for a needle exchange program aimed at preventing the spread of AIDS among intravenous drug users. In a 9-1 vote, the council passed a resolution endorsing Mayor Richard Riordan's declaration of a local emergency that allows for "responsible needle exchange programs" in Los Angeles. "Sometimes leadership requires things that are not popular . . .
October 9, 1992
Local AIDS organizations attacked Gov. Pete Wilson's veto last week of measures that would lift the ban on distributing hypodermic needles to intravenous drug users who are at risk of contracting the AIDS virus. "Failure to provide clean needles to people at risk for HIV infection is an act of criminal negligence," said Gunther Freehill, executive director of the AIDS Regional Board in Los Angeles County, on Thursday.
December 21, 1988
New AIDS cases reported in Los Angeles County in November totaled 124, a slight drop from the previous month, when there were 153 new cases, health department officials announced Tuesday. The new figures bring the total number of cases in the county to 6,201. The mortality rate remained at 62%, accounting for 3,714 deaths through the end of November. In addition, there are 65 cases awaiting investigation.
May 20, 1990
As any recent traveler to West Africa will attest, the truly ignored victims of AIDS are not homosexuals, intravenous drug users or even hemophiliacs. By far the largest bloc of AIDS sufferers are ordinary African men and women who are dying by the millions in conditions we in America can barely imagine. These people far outnumber those unfortunate upscale homosexuals whose life styles are depicted in "Longtime Companion" (the subject of David J. Fox's May 13 article, "They Found Out How Tough a Sell AIDS Really Is")
January 6, 1986
A report to be presented to the San Francisco Health Commission recommends encouraging abortions for newly pregnant women infected by the AIDS virus. The report, drafted by a Health Department task force after a two-month study, also urges the city to encourage testing the blood of all women in high-risk AIDS groups. These include intravenous drug users, prostitutes and those with more than one sex partner. The task force chairman, Dr.
February 21, 1989
Grass-roots organizations in Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Diego that have or want AIDS prevention programs will receive a portion of $9.7 million in federal grants that will be awarded nationwide this year by the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. The grant program, in its second year, is part of the Centers for Disease Control's efforts to stem the spread of the AIDS virus by changing high-risk behavior of targeted groups, such as homosexuals and intravenous drug users.
July 22, 1986
The number of people in San Francisco who got acquired immune deficiency syndrome through injecting drugs has almost doubled in six months, prompting one doctor to warn that the city is "on the verge of a second epidemic." Chris Geoghegan, a disease control investigator with the San Francisco Health Department, said there were 12 cases of AIDS contracted through intravenous drug abuse in the city in December, 1985. As of June, 1986, there were 23, she said.
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