The criminalization of people who use drugs is driving the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that syringe access programs lowered HIV incidence among people who inject drugs in the U.S. by 80%. While in some U.S. cities and states, advocates have overcome drug war hostility to implement syringe access programs, many states do not have any legal syringe access programs. Countries like Switzerland, Australia, the U.K., and Germany that consistently implement syringe access programs have much lower rates of HIV among people who inject drugs.
The scientific consensus is that syringe access programs are an effective means of reducing HIV/AIDS. Yet, the U.S. government refuses to provide funding for syringe access programs. A federal ban reinstated by Congress in 2011 prohibits any federal assistance for syringe access programs.
Tell Congress to end the federal syringe access funding ban: drugpolicy.org/AIDS