Yesterday I mentioned the controversy over needle exchange programs as an analogy to the objection the administration has to providing heroin anti-OD kits containing Narcan to drug users. In a bit of good timing, the LA Times has an article about a 73-year-old HIV+ lay preacher, of all people, who was on arrested while working a needle exchange program–which remain illegal in his home state, Texas.


  1. #1 CleveDan
    January 29, 2008

    Is that a death penalty offense in Texas?? If it is….I’m sure it will be stoning instead of The Chair

  2. #2 apy
    January 29, 2008

    I like the “2%” quote in there. Haha.

  3. #3 Chadwick
    January 29, 2008

    Hey – I just found your blog. I love it! Keep up the good work. I especially like all the citations, if only the local newscasters and newspapers used half as many citations as you do…

  4. #4 Evolved
    January 30, 2008

    Ah, back to the Dark Ages.

  5. #5 Dave Briggs
    January 30, 2008

    Bill Day, who has AIDS, calls his needle-exchange effort a “moral imperative.”

    The above is from your link. This is a poignant example of how diametrically opposed someone’s conscience and the law can be sometimes. Too bad! I hope he gets out of it!
    Dave Briggs :~)

  6. #6 clinton
    January 31, 2008

    At first glance, it makes sense to NOT condone those sorts of measures, but reading your post made me realize the difference between my personal judgments and public policy. Whoa, it’s very important not to blend the two together.

    Here’s a hilarious comic strip that illustrates your argument.

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