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Needle Trade-Ins Draw Mixed U.S. Signals


New York Times (03/15/89), P. A24

National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) grant recipients received a memorandum two weeks before new Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Louis W. Sullivan endorsed local needle exchange programs telling them they risked losing government aid if they instituted such programs. NIDA chief of community research Barry S. Brown sent 41 AIDS programs a memo Feb. 19 saying the agency would deny federal aid to anyone "who is engaged in, or who supports" needle-exchange programs. An HHS spokesman, asked about the discrepancy between the memo and Sullivan's statements, said established health service and White House policies prohibit using federal funds for such programs. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, who heads the Public Health Service, supports trials to test the effectiveness of needle exchange programs. A spokesman for Sullivan, Campbell Gardett, said, "We're in an in-between period when an awful lot has to be worked out. It's a controversial enough thing that it's eventually going to come down to Bush." Last week Bush spokesman Marlin Fitzwater expressed the president's opposition to "exchangeable needles under any condition."


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