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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Do Harm-Reduction Initiatives In SJ Actually Work?

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.