From the Drug Czar’s blog “World AIDS Day 2006” post yesterday:

Behaviors associated with drug abuse are among the main factors in the spread of HIV infection in the United States.

I’m sure that’s true.  But see, from the same blog two weeks ago under “What’s Wrong With Needle Exchange Programs”:

The primary burdens for any public health intervention are that they produce the effect that they intended to produce, that they do not introduce harmful unintended consequences, and that they are demonstrably superior to other interventions that could produce better outcomes.  The existing evidence cannot support the claim that the distribution of needles to enable continued drug injection behavior can meet these criteria. 

I can’t do a better job than the Aids and Rights blog already has of debunking this second claim. I’ll ask this though… who do you trust more on this issue?

The ideologically driven, scientifically ignorant, highly politicized Office of National Drug Policy Control or these other listed organizations who all support Needle Exchange programs?

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Bar Association, theAmerican Foundation for AIDS Research, the American Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, theAssociation of State and Territorial Health Officials, and the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors.