I believe clean needles should be given to drug addicts because the drug addicts are going to abuse drugs no matter if they have a clean needle or if they have an infected needle. By giving them clean needles it can prevent them from getting a sickness or disease that could really harm them.
I just read an opposing argument saying that giving clean needles would encourage drug use. However, if you are addicted to the substance, your primary motivation for doing heroin isn't going to be because you just got a clean needle. At least by giving out clean needles, you're preventing the spread of disease such as HIV. If an addict doesn't have a clean needle, it isn't going to stop them from doing the drug. It'll just make the behavior more dangerous.
I think that all addicts deserve aids in their needles so that they no longer have to spend there money on drugs and they could instead spend all of that money on hospital bills. We don't need encourage them so if we give them aids they wont want to do heroin anymore.
Drug addicts will use drugs no matter what medium they use to inject, I agree thus far, however to say that clean needles would prevent them from getting a disease is a stretch. If not infection via needles, then drug addicts would get infections or disease through sex, unclean food, unsanitary living conditions, or chances are they're already sick. I am in no way undervaluing the life of a drug addict and I believe poverty and addiction are symptoms of an unhealthy society. To hand out free needles to every drug addict would drain our budget to address a rather unimportant factor of drug abuse.
Lets remember what all these "poor unfortunate folks" get for free. There is no reason to work because they get social security without having ever been employed, they get free food, free clothing, free medical care, free counseling, free drugs and free needles. As a widow and single parent I worked long hours with nothing free. And yes, I was a social worker asked to serve addicts etc; I was spit on, stabbed with needles, cursed and threatened. They do not want to be told anything because they have everything they need - for free
While I can see the opposing viewpoint about not spreading infections, the matter of it is that it is enabling addicts. If they know that they will have an endless supply to clean needles and life saving drugs - what is stopping them from using? It's like giving an obese person McDonald's, really. Addicts will get their fix anyway they can. Then what's left is them leaving MORE dirty needles around towns and cities. You can't help a person unless they want to help themselves. Understandably, addiction is a disease, but like any other disease (such as diabetes), it is up for a patient to make sure they are caring for themselves.
We know they're going to shoot up whether they have a clean needle or not. Giving them clean needles is somewhat enabling the behavior. I know I'm callous in this way, but if you're so desperate to shoot up that you use a dirty needle you deserve whatever disease is coming to you. An addict who wants help may second guess his choice if dirty is the only option. By not providing clean needles we're asking those who still have some hope towards recovery to make a choice for themselves. Tough Love.
Drug addicts should be treated as normal people and be given the help and resources necessary to quit their addiction. Giving a needle to a drug addict is like taking money from a person living in poverty. It will only make them and those around them worse off. If we really cared about each other, we would lead drug addicts to rehabilitation services.