Magazine article Drug Topics

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Magazine article Drug Topics

Letters

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Surrender, never!

As a professional pharmacist, I resent the headline in Drug Topics, Aug. 5, "Some R.Ph.s still dragging heels on OTC syringes."

Do these ivory tower denizens who propose free needle exchange for intravenous drug users really believe that an addict is going to say, "Oh, I can't shoot up right now because I don't have a sterile syringe"?

Personally, I do not want ANY addict coming into my pharmacywith or without HIV. And, like most pharmacists, I do not want to be responsible for addicts' contaminated syringes.

If drug users want free syringes for an illegal habit, then their enrollment in a drug treatment program should be made mandatory. The cost of syringes is negligible when compared with the expenses of the illegal drug habits, the crime, and family breakdowns that result from such misbehavior.

Our nation cannot win the war against drugs by surrendering!

Gay Harlowe, R.Ph. Lexington, Ky.

I am responding to "Some R.Ph.s still dragging heels on OTC syringes" (Drug Topics, Aug. 5).

Selling syringes to IV drug abusers means only one thingmore needles to share. Obviously, those at the U.S. Preventative Service Task Force and the legislators in Connecticut are naive to the fact that the people who are high on heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine-or any combination of these illicit drugs-are not the kinds of people who make good decisions about their health.

Furthermore, just where do you think all those tainted syringes will end up-in a sharps container that was responsibly purchased by an addict with money that could have been used to buy more drugs? …

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