Starting in October, Northern Nevada Hopes, a nonprofit Reno organization that works with drug users, plans to begin giving addicts needles and packets for disposing of used needles.
An excellent article on needle exchange – not only does it save lives it
also in the short-term/long-term saves society money. Support Needle
CITY, Nev. (AP) — The statistics are shocking: Seventy percent of
illegal-injection drug users will contract hepatitis C from the use of
dirty needles. About 10 percent will acquire HIV.
The lifetime cost of caring for a hepatitis patient is $500,000, and HIV lifetime health care costs are a minimum of $355,000.