GUSCIORA: SUCCESS OF NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAMS GOOD NEWS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH & TAXPAYERS

(TRENTON) — Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer) released the following statement Thursday on a report by The Associated Press on a new analysis that found needle exchange programs in five pilot cities have been successful. Gusciora was a primary sponsor of the bill that authorized the programs:

“This is great news for New Jersey’s public health and shows many of the fears about a starting needle exchange programs were unfounded.

“The fact that this program, after just three years, has helped 1,000 people enroll in a drug treatment program shows this program is working.

“And it’s working not just for those carrying the burden of drug addiction, but for taxpayers who pay the price for the crime and health problems that often come with drug abuse.

“Stemming the spread of HIV and AIDS is both compassionate and smart fiscal policy.

“I expect to see these numbers — and savings — improve in the coming years, and I look forward to someday seeing this program expanded to more communities.”

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