"When they allow a talk show host to play them like a two-dollar banjo, they demonstrate what kind of backbone they'll bring to the job later on, if we elect them. After they get elected will they continue to allow Jeff Crank to put a nickel in them and wind them up every Saturday morning?"

Barry Noreen, former columnist, Colorado Springs Gazette

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Stop the El Paso County Needle Exchange Program

Attend the El Paso County Board of Health Meeting on Monday, December 4th, 2017 at 7:30 am and sign up to speak in opposition to the needle exchange program.  It is imperative that people attend and speak out against this proposal.  It is an early morning meeting.

Meeting:
El Paso County Board of Health
Citizen Service Center
1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road
Assessor's Training Room on the main floor
December 4th, 7:30 am

We already have a serious enough drug abuse problem in El Paso County.  Handing out needles to drug users will increase drug use and make our streets even more unsafe.  In Pueblo, where they already have a needle exchange program, there has been no significant, positive public health improvement yet the city is awash in discarded needles as reported by the Pueblo Chieftain.  Increased drug use also means increased crime - as users try to find new ways to finance their habit.  This is why El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder strongly opposes this needle exchange.

Please also email the following members of the El Paso County Board of Health and politely ask them to vote no on any needle exchange program which comes before them:

Doris Ralston, ralstond@comcast.net

Dr. James Terbush, jimterbush@elpasoco.com

Dr. Robert Bux, robertbux@elpasoco.com

Richard Skorman, rskorman@springsgov.com

You can also call the Health Department at (719)578-3199.

3 comments:

  1. As a health professional I strongly oppose the needle exchange program. I feel it will encourage drug use, I realize there is a public health problem but feel we should explore other solutions.

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  2. my pry bars are bent, my lockpicks are broken. i need a burglary tool exchange program or else i might get shot by a home owner while gnawing a the door frame.

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  3. Thanks for the heads up on this one. I did not see the email addresses on this web site, so I dug up the ones I could from the Board of Health page. This morning, I received the following response from Peggy Littleton: "Thank you for taking time to write expressing your opposition to the needle exchange program. Your voice, along with many other concerned citizens made a difference today and the Board of Health instructed staff 5/3/to not continue forward with the exploration of a needle exchange program in El Paso County."
    According to the meeting agenda, this business item was initiated by the Colorado Health Network, and organization for people with/at risk for AIDS. According to CHN's web page, they run a syringe exchange program of their own.

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