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Council gives cocaine addicts straws to snort drug safely - March 23rd 2009, 07:07 PM

Cocaine addicts have been given a supply of straws from a council-funded group to help them snort the drug safely and avoid spreading disease via shared rolled-up banknotes.

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The initiative, financed by Kent county council, is designed to try and stop the spread of Hepatitis C which is a blood-borne virus targeting the liver and can lead to cirrhosis and cancer.
But local residents criticised the move, saying that the paper straws only encouraged drug taking.
They are being distributed free of charge by the Kent Drug and Alcohol Action team, which said Hepatitis C was regularly passed between drug users who shared rolled-up notes.
Produced by the charity Kent Counsel on Addiction, the straws bear messages which read: "Evidence suggests that the sharing of cocaine straws is a factor in the transmission of Hepatitis C.
"Reduce your chances of catching Hep C by using one of these single use notes instead of a bank note."
The straws have been given out at six addicts' centres across Kent over the last six months.
Lesley Andrews, head of the Kent Drug and Alcohol Action Team, said yesterday (mon): "We do not encourage drug taking, but there is a need to reduce the harm caused by substance abuse.
"These notes help protect individuals from certain blood-borne viruses and help to discourage the transition to more dangerous drug-taking practices.
"They are a public health measure to prevent the spread of Hepatitis C into the wider community."
Tony Williams, who runs Maidstone-based rehab charity The Kenward Trust, added: "If these notes save just one person from drugs, then that is absolutely brilliant."
But local Melanie Hyde, 37, a mother-of-two from Maidstone, said: "I can only think this will give some people the green light to carry on taking cocaine."
Ian Cogan, a father-of-three from Chatham, added: "I've seen the effect this drug can have and I really don't think we should be helping anyone take it.
"There might be good intentions behind this but I really don't think taxpayers' money should be spent on cocaine straws."
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/news...ug-safely.html

I don't know what i think about this. I can see their thinking, but aiding cocaine addicts to take cocaine, really?.. I don't know, i just can't help but think they're skirting round the problem here. Perhaps they should try and stop them taking drugs rather than pretty much encouraging it.


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Re: Council gives cocaine addicts straws to snort drug safely - March 23rd 2009, 07:09 PM

*taps all subsequent readers just under the knee* for this will give the same effect as the article
   
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Re: Council gives cocaine addicts straws to snort drug safely - March 23rd 2009, 07:16 PM

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*taps all subsequent readers just under the knee* for this will give the same effect as the article
I don't get it. The article will make people sit down?

Anyway, if you can't beat them, join them.
The cost of treating Hep C, and subsequently cirrhosis and cancer is much higher than the cost of creating paper straws.

Harsh economic times, what else can I say?


   
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Re: Council gives cocaine addicts straws to snort drug safely - March 23rd 2009, 07:17 PM

Nah, it's the knee jerk reflex

I agree with Adz, paper straws are much cheaper than notes
   
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Re: Council gives cocaine addicts straws to snort drug safely - March 24th 2009, 12:02 AM

I support this in the same way I support clean needles for people who are going to shoot up. They're going to do it. If they can do it more safely with the aid of others, fine.

I do think these programs should go hand-in-hand with recovery support, of course.



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Re: Council gives cocaine addicts straws to snort drug safely - March 24th 2009, 01:41 AM

I know it's going to happen, so I think that these straws are a good thing to help protect the people who are using cocaine.


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Re: Council gives cocaine addicts straws to snort drug safely - March 24th 2009, 04:06 AM

I'm confused, are they attempting to increase or decrease the rate of cocaine users, or are they just blindly ignoring that?

   
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Re: Council gives cocaine addicts straws to snort drug safely - March 24th 2009, 04:11 AM

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I'm confused, are they attempting to increase or decrease the rate of cocaine users, or are they just blindly ignoring that?

They are trying to reduce the harm it does.
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Re: Council gives cocaine addicts straws to snort drug safely - March 24th 2009, 04:55 AM

Talk about enabling someone.


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Re: Council gives cocaine addicts straws to snort drug safely - March 24th 2009, 05:01 AM

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Talk about enabling someone.
How is that enabling when they can easily roll up a dollar bill? Wouldn't it be better if they used something disposable?
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Re: Council gives cocaine addicts straws to snort drug safely - March 24th 2009, 02:29 PM

This is a good idea.. they said Cocaine ADDICTS which means the chance of them snorting cocaine again is high. This isn't encouraging the habit its making sure they can do it safely. If its an addiction then these people cannot even feel like they can help it, so we shouldn't try to keep them safe because they have an addiction?

Also its cost effective they are trying to limit the burden on the health care system, if people were to oppose this out of some warped moral obligation, is it moral to purposely deny safe drug usage and therefore open addicts up to the risk of infection. Of course it might be an idea to make them go to support sessions to help them stop as part of the deal, or atleast hae teh service there available for them.


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Re: Council gives cocaine addicts straws to snort drug safely - March 24th 2009, 02:50 PM

If anyone has a better idea that's as cost-effective, I'd like to hear it. At least they lessen the spread of diseases this way.


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Re: Council gives cocaine addicts straws to snort drug safely - March 24th 2009, 03:52 PM

I think this is a good idea, if they're addicts and going to take cocaine anyway then shouldn't they be taking it in a less damaging way? I'm all in favour of harm reduction but as Jessie said earlier it should be provided with recovery support as well.


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