Indiana’s Deadly Gospel

An Indiana county has halted a needle exchange program doling out clean syringes to drug users. Flouting evidence of their efficacy, commissioners voted against the program on moral grounds, citing the Bible.
Critics argue needle exchanges enable drug users. In 1998, Johns Hopkins research found they reduce HIV’s spread without increasing drug use. In Lawrence Country, they’ve led to a 50% drop in hepatitis C.
The Indiana Recovery Alliance says the move guarantees more drug-related deaths.
An HIV epidemic finally convinced former Gov. Mike Pence to sanction needle exchanges. But resistance remains stubborn on the county level, where funding is approved.

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