Pubdate: Mon, 04 Apr 2016
Source: Pueblo Chieftain (CO)
Copyright: 2016 The Pueblo Chieftain
Author: Tom Carpenter


What is the cost of our indifference toward heroin use? Well, even 
though you may not be one, and all of your family and friends are not 
addicted, you may still die from this problem.

Follow the heroin addict and you will often find that he or she has 
shared his or her needle with someone else. You may think, "So what?"

That needle has just spread AIDS to another person.

"AIDS. I am not gay."

Follow the addict a little further. Now that this person has AIDS 
that person is more susceptible to new drug resistant diseases such 
as tuberculosis. This person circulates among us. Just one example of 
a problem you may not have known existed.

So your indifference to someone 'you' may not consider worthy of your 
concern could cost the life of you or someone you love.

Dr. Michael Nerenberg's program of clean needle exchange is a step in 
the right direction.

Of course, we are talking about human lives and the moral concern 
should be top most in our considerations.

Tom Carpenter

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