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Title Montrose Voice, No. 338, April 17, 1987
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date April 17, 1987
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript 14 MONTROSE VOICE / APRIL 17, 1987 By Gayle Young NEW YORK (UPI)—As daylight fades in the very worst neighborhoods ofthe city, small bands of former drug addicts' descend for a nightly street fight against the spread of AIDS. Readily admitted into the same notorious shooting galleries they once frequented, the ex-addicts teach attentive users how to sterilize needles with boiling water and bleach. In San Francisco, a health department worker dispenses condoms and gallon jugs of Clorox to addicts from a sack he carries across his back like Santa Claus. And, in New Jersey, health department agents have been passing out informational AIDS pamphlets with coupons that allow drug users free treatment in the state's drug treatment clinics. But unlike their European counterparts, cities in the United States have stopped short of passing out the one thing some believe may halt the spread of the deadly disease among drug addicts disposable intravenous needles. "Basically, the only thing we have to give them is information," said Conrad Mouge, who directs New York City's 40 former addicts involved in its AIDS edu cation program. Proposals to distribute free sterile needles in San Francisco, New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.—which have the highest numbers of addicts with AIDS in the nation—have met with a storm of opposition from indignant legislators, concerned police and wary drug counselors. Call 529-8490 and You will be in Next Week's Newspaper of Montrose Addicts, Needles and "The proposal has been brought up and was shot down pretty quickly," Paul Barnes, spokesperson for the San Francisco city health department, said in a recent telephone interview. "We're still following the cities in Europe to see how they are doing. But for us, it's 'no go'." Next to homosexual males, intraven- ilized needles available argue it may save lives because sketchy studies in New York have indicated that while most addicts say they sterilize their needles, only between 3 percent and 20 percent actually do so. "Our ability to predict what drug users will do is never very good, but there is a feeling that if clean needles In cities where needles are illegal, addicts buy them from corrupt pharmacies and hospital storerooms, Des Jarlais said. "They are passed around simply because there aren't enough available for everyone/' ous drug users are the most likely group in America to become infected with, and die from, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, health officials say. The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta report intravenous drug users account for 17 percent of the 33,158 recorded AIDS cases in the United States to date and another 8 percent of people with the disease are both IV drug users and homosexual. The percentages have remained steady since IV users were first recognized as a risk group in the early 1980's. Health officials say the HIV virus that causes the disease can be found on traces of blood in unsterilized needles passed from user to user, often in "shooting galleries" where addicts gather to buy cocaine and heroin and shoot up from needles rented for 50 cents per use. Proponents of proposals to make ster- were available they would use them," Don Des Jarlais, coordinator for AIDS programs in the New York State Division of Substance Abuse Services, said in an interview. Des Jarlais helped draft a controversial proposal now under consideration that would establish a needle exchange program in New York City on a trial basis. The pilot program, criticized by the city's police department, would allow drug addicts to exchange dirty needles for sterilized needles and is loosely based on European models. In Amsterdam, the first city to start a needle distribution program, drug users can obtain free sterilized needles from any one of 16 locations, including two roving buses, simply by turning in their old, used needles. Last year the city .exchanged 400,000 new syringes for its estimated 8,000 junkies, health officials there say, and the program has spread to most Dutch cities. Some 34,000 free needles have been distributed to an estimated 4,000 drug addicts in Copenhagen by Danish health authorities in a still- experimental program. But Danish drug users can buy sterile needles as well. A vending machine in the heart of the city dispenses an estimated 60 needles a day for the equivalent of $1.40. Sweden does not officially sanction the distribution of needles, but health officials there say they are allowing doctors at the Lund hospital to give addicts needles on a trial basis. While the programs are accepted in Europe, they have their critics there as well. Helle Olsen, ofthe Swedish Social Welfare Board, said the Lund program has been criticized by people who say addicts will share needles anyway and that making them available might tempt younger people to give intravenous use a try. Health officials in the United States, and in the European cities themselves, say it is too early to tell if the programs are reducing the number of AIDS cases. And, since it is difficult to pinpoint exactly when a person with AIDS picked up the virus, they may never know for sure. "I can't say it will stop the spread of AIDS; you can't stop the use of dirty needles 100 percent," said Ernst Bun- ing, a psychologist for Amsterdam's municipal health services department who helped develop the city's groundbreaking program. But, he said he believed it was better MARCH to KROGER *4M: An Easter Parade of flowers are waiting for you at the Kroger Floral Shoppe. 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