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Housing Works Joins National Day of Action for Syringe Exchange on March 21

March 8, 2012

AIDS and harm reduction advocates are planning a National Day of Action on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 to force Congress to end the ban on syringe exchange for once and for all.

AIDS and harm reduction advocates are planning a National Day of Action on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 to force Congress to end the ban on syringe exchange for once and for all.

From Harm Reduction Coalition: "No more federal dollars for syringe exchange: that was the message from Congress less than 3 months ago. The funding ban is back, and the timing couldn't be worse -- with tight state budgets, and signs that many painkiller users are injecting or switching to heroin, our syringe exchange programs need more support than ever. The Harm Reduction Coalition and our allies are pulling out all the stops ... this time to demand that Congress and the federal government set politics aside, and we need your help."

You can keep up with the events for the National Day of Action on HRC's Facebook page. Housing Works is also going to be participating in the National Day of Action, so stay tuned to The AIDS Issues Update for details.

One of the problems with advocacy for "ending the federal ban on syringe exchange" is the messaging. It's hard to say, and it's far from sexy. AIDS United is holding a messaging contest, to help us come up with an acronym for the syringe exchange campaign. Visit the AIDS United Blog to learn more.

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This article was provided by Housing Works. It is a part of the publication Housing Works AIDS Issues Update. Visit Housing Works' website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
 
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