Speakers Bureau

Ethics, Aids, and Needle Exchange

Needle exchange programs are intended to reduce the risk of AIDS and other diseases for intravenous drug users. Some, however, are concerned that such programs may encourage drug use and thus, indirectly, increase both disease and other social costs. The data from actual studies, however, suggests that studies are at worst neutral, and in some cases actually reduce rates of intravenous drug use. Presenter examines the data, ethics, and the lessons for setting up such programs in the future.