Needles in Prison: Where is Public Health Behind Bars?

FUCKING DISGUSTING DRUG USE IN JAIL IF YOU GET AIDS HIV WHILE IN JAIL IT MEANS YOU ARE USEING OR HAVING SEX IT WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!!!!!!!!!

Matters of Substance

“Our government has a zero-tolerance policy for drugs in our institutions.”   This comment comes from Canada’s Public Security Minister Vic Toews, responding the 2012 Federal lawsuit filed by four HIV groups and a former Canadian Correction inmate seeking a supervisory injunction – a court order that would force Ottawa to establish Canadian prison-based syringe access programs (PSAPs).

You may be asking yourself: “Drugs are illegal and prisons are drug-free, so why would we give inmates needles to commit a crime?”

The reality is prisons are not drug-free and needle-free; never have been, never will be.

Contrary to the assumption that prisons are a highly restricted, secure environment, virtually no prison in the world has been able to keep drugs completely out. Needles are easily smuggled in or can be made from various items already in prisons (see example here). These needles are shared, often for a…

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