LANCASTER SUNDAY NEWS
In “Reduce HIV by trading syringes with addicts?” Columnist Jeff Hawkes writes:
“Fighting the spread of HIV and other illnesses is Mikal Byrd’s job. A battered Nissan Maxima is his office. His supplies include syringes, tourniquets, bleach and condoms.
“On a recent Wednesday morning, Byrd and co-worker Jennifer Gonzalez set up shop on West King Street, across from McDonald’s. They hoped to speak with intravenous drug users and sex workers, give away injection paraphernalia and safe-sex kits and encourage addicts to enter treatmen
“Byrd and Gonzalez are outreach workers for Lancaster Harm Reduction Project Inc., a privately funded syringe-exchange program that hit the streets in November…”
WATCHDOG: Two wags of the tail for the Sunday News. The Lancaster Newspapers have long been supportive of drug and social disease harm reduction efforts, at least since well over a decade ago when a Steinman Foundation sponsored a local address by then mayor of Baltimore Kurt Smoke, a leading harm reduction advocate.