Texas: still bass-ackwards on public health

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.

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

I like the "2%" quote in there. Haha.

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...

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 :~)