Report misses mark on needle exchange program

Last week, the Harm Reduction Journal published a report by Johns Hopkins University  critical of the decision last year to shut down the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department’s (KCHD) needle exchange program.
The report concluded that the suspension “should be viewed as a call to action for sustained evidence-based interventions in the face of sociopolitical forces that attempt to subvert public health.”
The report’s authors try mightily to make out those critical of the program as ill-informed health Luddites who followed a political agenda while sacrificing best practices in dealing with the drug crisis.

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