Reader: Exchanging needles near schools is riskier than having a dispensary there

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Yesterday, Melanie Asmar reported about Denver City Council lifting its 1,000-foot buffer from schools for needle-exchange programs. However, medical marijuana dispensaries within 1,000 feet of schools remain against the rules -- a fact mentioned by a slew of our readers, including this one.

Kevin A. Mahmalji writes:

Right, but it's important to keep the regulated sale of marijuana 1,000 ft. away to protect our children. Alcohol and needles, no big deal. Over 4,000 needles were "cleaned up" around the city as part of the Needle Exchange program's attempt to limit the public safety issue. That being said, the needles that were collected had to of been discarded in a public area at some point before the clean up. The only difference now is they will be discarded closer to schools. I'm not against the program and do see the value of what it offers, but think we need to be serious about the risk.

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Kevin A. Mahmalji
Kevin A. Mahmalji

I appreciate your comment, but I do fully understand how the program works. The program has a disposal rate of 75% of the needles that are exchanged through the program. That leaves plenty of room for error. The 4,000 needles that I referenced in my original post were cleaned up throughout the city, mostly in public areas. They were not disposed of properly, but had originated from the program. You cant honestly believe, that all needles used by drug addicts make it back and are disposed of properly by the program. Common sense leads me to believe that if they are issued closer to schools, there is an increased risk of them being disposed of improperly.

Merréll Barry O'Brian
Merréll Barry O'Brian

Needle exchange programs? ANYONE sticking a needle into their body to get high deserves to be ostricised from society and is not worthy of consideration as a human being. There are far too many important things this world is in need of that to cater to some animal in human form. FUCK 'EM. I hope they die.

Obie Gdm
Obie Gdm

Are you stupid? if you can't see the difference between pot users & needle users then you should not be allowed to write articles.

Russell Lott
Russell Lott

so there's a HEROIN problem in Acacia Park ... across the street from the school in downtown Colorado Springs ... that would be the same place where teenager's have to walk through daily, and the same place where at least one teenage girl was kidnapped from, and then murdered. Maybe the park needs to be cleaned up.

Cori Redford
Cori Redford

I'm not sure the reader understands how collected needles are disposed of. They go into a hazardous waste bin where they are of no danger to anyone. Compared to finding needles under a bench in the park (which I have done), the former method of disposal is far preferable.

redsoxfan
redsoxfan

@Merréll Barry O'Brian One of the important things in life is to rid it of sorry pieces of shit like you. I hope you die! Addicts deserve our help just as a cancer patient needs help. You are an ignorant fool. Maybe there should not even be rehabs and other forms of treatment for these HUMANS. Your response to this make me think you are just a mangy mutt.

kevin.mahmalji
kevin.mahmalji

@Cori Redford I appreciate your comment, but I do fully understand how the program works. The program has a disposal rate of 75% of the needles that are exchanged through the program. That leaves plenty of room for error. The 4,000 needles that I referenced in my original post were cleaned up throughout the city, mostly in public areas. They were not disposed of properly, but had originated from the program. You cant honestly believe, that all needles used by drug addicts make it back and are disposed of properly by the program. Common sense leads me to believe that if they are issued closer to schools, there is an increased risk of them being disposed of improperly.   

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