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June 16, 2002
Re "Clean Needles' Big Payoff," Editorial, May 29: Your editorial on the passage of SB 1785 by the state Senate was right on. I was disappointed but not surprised to see that state senators from Orange County voted against it. People confuse making syringes available with encouraging injection of illicit drugs. As a retired nurse who worked in infection control for years, I have seen the ravages of HIV and hepatitis B and C. Making needles available is good public health policy. I would like to see the local health departments educate our elected officials regarding the lives that could be saved by this bill and the introduction of needle exchange programs.
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August 25, 1997 | DIANE WATSON, Sen. Diane Watson (D-Los Angeles), a state senator since 1978, chairs the Senate Health and Human Services Committee
In response to President Clinton's mission to promote racial healing, Americans of all backgrounds have expressed hope for bridging the racial divide and preventing race relations from becoming, in his words, a "powder keg of problems." In the African American community, the epidemic of injection-related AIDS cases cries out for healing of the literal kind. AIDS is the No. 1 killer of blacks between 25 and 44. Half of those deaths can be traced to intravenous drug use.
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March 10, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
President Bush opposes "under any condition" needle exchange programs to stop the spread of AIDS among intravenous drug addicts, his spokesman said today. White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater gave the President's position on the needle-exchange program in response to recent comments by Health Secretary Louis W. Sullivan, who has said that although he opposes a federal needle-exchange program, he would support and encourage local communities to establish such programs.
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May 14, 2003 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
A divided Riverside County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday rejected proposals to provide drug addicts with access to clean hypodermic needles, a program advocated by the county's top health-care official to stem the spread of hepatitis C and AIDS. The board voted 3 to 2 to forbid needle-exchange clinics in the county and to oppose state legislation that would allow pharmacists to sell needles without a prescription.
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February 19, 1995
Needle exchange programs distribute clean hypodermic needles to drug abusers in exchange for their dirty syringes. Such programs have operated in New York City, Berkeley, Oakland, Seattle and Los Angeles. The goal of most, if not all, is to stanch the spread of the deadly AIDS disease. Now, the San Fernando Valley's first public needle-exchange program has gotten under way in Pacoima.
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August 20, 1999 | ZEV YAROSLAVSKY and RICHARD RIORDAN and LEE BACA, Zev Yaroslavsky represents the Los Angeles County 3rd Supervisorial District; Richard Riordan is the mayor of L.A.; Lee Baca is L.A. County sheriff
The Legislature has an opportunity to approve a bill that would help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and other diseases by legalizing controlled needle-exchange programs. Assembly Bill 518 sponsored by Assemblywoman Kerry Mazzoni (D-San Rafael), which is due for Senate consideration Thursday, deserves legislative support as well as Gov. Gray Davis' signature.
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October 1, 1993 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Programs that supply sterile needles to drug addicts protect them and their families from infection with the AIDS virus and should be part of a broad assault on the deadly disease, a team of researchers said in a federally funded study released here Thursday.
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October 9, 1992 | SOMINI SENGUPTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Local AIDS organizations are attacking 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. "Needle exchange adds another weapon in the arsenal against the spread of AIDS," Gunther Freehill, executive director of the AIDS Regional Board in Los Angeles County, said Thursday.
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November 4, 2005 | Rong-Gong Lin II and Daniel Costello, Times Staff Writers
On a recent chilly evening, four drug addicts chatted on a Hollywood sidewalk, dirty syringes in hand, waiting to collect new needles. Then the police arrived. The addicts froze as, within minutes, seven officers marched into the needle exchange and seven others faced the addicts down from across Sycamore Avenue. Peggy Roman-Jacobson, a volunteer attorney for the exchange, Clean Needles Now, approached the officers.
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May 23, 1993 | PAMELA WARRICK
Despite statutes outlawing possession and distribution of hypodermic needles without a prescription, leaders in the nation's largest cities have found creative ways to support needle exchange programs. * San Francisco: Mayor Frank Jordan, who as the city's former police chief upheld needle possession laws, declared a public health state of emergency March 15. This allowed him to launch a program to curb the spread of AIDS by distributing clean needles to drug users.
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