September 17, 2019 VOM Podcast

Do Needle Exchange Programs Open the Door for Prevention and Recovery?

Needle exchange programs are controversial. Do they help prevent the spread of costly and deadly diseases, like HIV and Hepatitis C, or are they enabling drug users and encouraging abuse?

It’s fair to ask if they are justified – do they do more harm than good?  What does the evidence point to?

A new needle exchange program administered by the Flathead City-County Health Department may provide some answers, at least here in Montana. Listen to the podcast as Shawna Himsl, HIV Specialist and Health Educator talks about a small, but possibly revealing milestone in the 6-month old program – the only needle exchange program in Montana to date.