Nevada rolls out needle vending machines

Nevada rolls out needle vending machines

Acquiring syringes or pipes can be a gruesome task for an addict, but having a machine for such objective ensures a certain degree of anonymity and allows the user to at least take some care of its health while using drugs. They would need to be part of the program, Trac-B exchange by Harm Reduction Center-Las Vegas. Participants in the Trac-B Exchange will be able to type a special access code into the machines to receive a clean syringe, reports Health Central. "Included in the kits are 10 syringes, a tourniquet, a disposal container for used syringes, alcohol swabs and adhesive bandages", Huffington Post reported.

"The debate over whether syringe exchanges are beneficial has always been settled", said Daniel Raymond of the Harm Reduction Coalition, speaking to NBC news.

The Southern Nevada Health District is making sure people have access to clean needles to reduce the risk of spreading diseases. Two crack pipe vending machines were installed by the Portland Hotel Society n the PHS' Drug Users Resource Centre and the Washington Market.

Drug users who are registered with the program are allowed to use the machine. "People are already exchanging in these behaviors, and anytime someone's engaging in a behavior that could cause them some potential health side effects, we want to encourage them to reduce their risk of harm".

Providing clean needles and supplies is a proven method for limiting disease transmission in a community.

The annual death toll of people who lost their lives to drug overdose has been rising at alarming rates. In the wake of the rising concerns associated with heroin crisis, the congress chose to lift the ban in January 2016.

The state of Nevada is the first to install syringe vending machines in the USA that aims to lower incidences of HIV infection and Hepatitis C from sharing needles among drug users.

Figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that one in 10 AIDS diagnoses in 2015 is attributed to intravenous use of drugs. "It becomes harder as a society to respond to them with kindness", stated Liz Evans, director at New York Harm Reduction Educators according to NBC. This rate was even higher in the rural areas of the country. Too often we fail to see drug users as human beings, and they become defined by that and get called all these names like junkies and addicts.



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