Ethical Issues Raised by Needle Exchange Programs
Lloyd, Linda S.
Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics. 1995 Winter; 23(4): 382-388.
CONCLUSION: Deciding whether an NEP [needle exchange program] is ethical will require continuing reassessment of the scientific literature on the programs and ongoing monitoring of the effects on local communities. Ultimately, decisions to implement NEPs will be made at the local level and must incorporate political concerns, compromise between interested parties, and a realistic appraisal of the logistical feasibility of establishing and sustaining an NEP. Presently, however, local decisions to implement NEPs, after adequate consultation with community members, rest on firm ethical grounds.
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