Letter: Question the benefit of Portland needle exchange

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Zoe Odlin-Platz of the Portland Needle Exchange Program states that of the 1,500 Narcan kits distributed by the PNEP, 250 have been used to reverse overdoses (“New street drugs in Portland fuel overdoses, deaths, concern,” Aug. 16, 2016). But how many of those overdoses resulted from the injecting of drugs with syringes provided by the PNEP? How many times have PNEP needles been used in overdose deaths? By giving junkies the kits needed to both inject illicit drugs and recover from overdoses it seems the Portland Needle Exchange Program is working to guarantee it’s own existence.

Jay York
Portland

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