Thursday, July 06, 2006

Stop drug abuse, don't enable it

Gov. Mitt Romney vetoed a bill last week that would have allowed for the sale of hypodermic needles without a prescription, saying it could help promote heroin use and send the wrong message to young people. Romney said the bill, which proponents hope will stem the spread of blood-borne diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis-C, may instead have "unintended consequences." "We cannot in good conscience say that we should make needles more available to heroin addicts," Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey said at a press conference. "It sends the wrong message, and it facilitates our very deadly plague of heroin abuse." The Romney administration is right on the money. It should be the goal of our elected officials to end drug use among the public, not condone it by making it easier for users to get clean needles.

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