Infection Prevention & Control: Needle Exchange Program

Infection Prevention & Control: Needle Exchange Program

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Kayla Ailey started this petition to Governor Ron DeSantis and

I believe that there should be a Needle Exchange Program for every county in Florida. I was recently informed by a friend of mine that there has been a new law passed that is preventing people from buying clean syringes from the pharmacy in Okaloosa & Walton Counties of Florida. As a former user who has suffered the outcome of having limited access to clean equipment, I am here to tell you that something needs to change. Other states have the right idea by offering programs for needle exchange. If anyone thinks that taking away access to clean needles will stop people from using, you are so sadly mistaken. But what can be done is to offer access to clean syringes, alcohol wipes, and a place to properly dispose of used equipment, instead of throwing used needles out the window or in random places which can spread disease. I believe what is truly needed in our Okaloosa/Walton County area is this type of program as well as drug counseling, group counsiling, suicide prevention, a place with people who have been through and overcome addiction, abuse, grieving, depression & who will listen and give honest, and positive advice, a place to help one another, a place that will judge noone no matter what their addiction or problem is, a place to deal with addiction safely, a place that readily has Narcan on hand (a drug that can reverse opiod overdose), and finally, an experienced manager to look over such place. You can't change what has already been done, and most addicts have been that way for a very long time. And by providing a program like this in no means will encourage nonaddicts to start using, that is just ridiculous and a very ignorant way to think. Why not make our county more safe and clean, for our children and ourselves, for everyone. Unsanitary conditions is the number 1 cause for infectious disease, but by knowing that still does not make a person quit using if they don't have access to clean equipment. IV drug use is the most addicting monster this world has been faced with but with the right resources and support, we can save so many peoples lives, and slowly help them to make life changes and the courage to overcome this battle of addiction. I did it, and now I want to help others. I didn't go through all the awful things that I have for no reason. I believe that God saw me through these times so that I can have the strength, knowledge,  and experience to help others, and that is exactly what I want to do before everyone I grew up with is dead.

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