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Monday, May 2, 2016

OP-ED: Follow The Money on Needle Exchange

Former Campbell County Judge Executive, Lloyd Rogers. 
By Lloyd Rogers 

The needle exchange program being debated by the Campbell County Fiscal Court, will pose this question…Is it morally right to facilitate drug use and what do we tell our children when they hear this nonsense?

Let me relate why this is personal with me.  I lost my oldest son to drugs.  When he was 29, he lapsed in a coma for five months at Drake Hospital.  When he came out of the coma he was blind and paralyzed.  My wife has taken care of our son for these many years.  He is 61 and I lost a wife because it takes all her time caring for him.

A clean needle would not have saved my son.

This needle exchange is personal with my family and I will not forget who votes for this idiotic program.

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Using the excuse that it will save the addicts from HIV and Hepatitis C is an excuse an expositor would use citing challenged so called facts.  Most blood diseases are transferred through sexual contact.

As the politicians claim if we can get these users to come in for new needles we can check their medical status and see if they have a blood disease.  Also they claim they can get them into an invention program.  They claim the cost of curing these diseases could cost the taxpayers millions of dollars.  Since when is it the responsibility of the county government to cure people who enter their jails with an already contacted disease.

I am always suspicious when I follow the money.  Who stands to make billions on the drugs to cure these blood diseases.  You got it…… the Big Pharmaceutical Companies.  These guys started this needle exchange stuff at the federal level getting legislation passed allowing this stupid program.

Lloyd Rogers, Alexandria
Former Judge/Executive of Campbell County
859 409 2740

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  1. As someone who was on the fence regarding this issue prior to reading the op-eds on Ft. Thomas Matters, let me just say that the arguments against the exchange speak for themselves: emotional, ad hominem arguments with zero facts to back them up.

  2. While it is truly horrible what happened to both your son and your marriage, there is no data-driven solution to this mess when one simply offers up a conspiratorial "it's all due to big pharma" as the reason for the existence of needle exchange programs.

    There exists plenty of studies that show some of the promise and setbacks of these programs, and looking at real, scientific studies is the way to begin understanding if is right for the Northern Kentucky area.

    Also, that prisoners have a constitutional right to receive necessary health care was decided via a Supreme Court decision (City of Revere v. Massachusetts General Hospital, 463 U.S. 239 (1983)).


  3. So sorry for your pain and the tragedy visited upon your family but it is no excuse for perpetuating ignorance. A needle exchange is simply one step in combatting what is a huge problem not just in our community but nationally. Are most of these diseases passed through sexual relations; probably but that doesn't negate our need to stop yet another way the diseases are being transmitted. People who take an unbiased, objective look at the practicality associated with needle exchanges may come to a very different conclusion than the views perpetrated by the obviously biased writer of the article!!

  4. If a needle exchange saves one person from aids or hepatitis it is worth it. I'm sorry Mr. Rogers son could not be spared from the ravages of drug use, but that is no reason to let others needlessly suffer the same fate. Austin Indiana is an example of what happens when people don't do everything possible to prevent the spread of aids. Dying from aids may be the only thing worse then being addicted to heroine.

  5. You know, an Indiana community just suffered a massive HIV outbreak and it's attributed to needle sharing.
    I am so on the fence about the whole program and glad I am not the one that has to make the decision.
    On one side I firmly believe it can stop the spread of deadly disease. On the flip side why do criminals (not in jail) get needles for free when we have diabetics and others with true medical problems (not of their fault) paying oop for theirs? So, they're paying for theirs AND someone else's. That doesn't make sense.
    Maybe the solution is to set up a needle exchange site but not to fund it with taxpayer money. People who choose to can donate them.

  6. Needle exchange is also protecting healthcare workers. Unfortunately, accidental needle sticks happen.

  7. Needless exchange protects healthcare workers. The rise of HIV, AIDS and hepatitis makes healthcare workers in contact with diseases more. Unfortunately, accidental needle sticks or other ways to be in contact with blood happens.