Do harm-reduction initiatives like needle exchanges actually make a difference in the lives of drug addicts?
For the Executive Director of AIDS Saint John Julie Dingwell the answer to that question is a no-brainer. She tells CHSJ News it absolutely does, not only reducing the spread of disease among drug users but acting as a connector.
She says once people start using the service on a regular basis, that's when the organization can really begin working with them "to show them that they matter."
Dingwell speaking as part of a discussion panel at U-N-B Saint John on community policing and harm-reduction in the city.