MASSACHUSETTS: "Council Rejects Needle Exchange"
The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (07.19.05):: Mike
Prevention News Update 07/21/2005
On Monday, the Springfield City Council rejected a plan to set up a
needle-exchange program by a 5-4 vote. Needle exchange advocates framed
the vote as a public health issue but concerns about the city condoning
illegal drug use prevailed. In a nonbinding referendum in 1998, more
than 60 percent of voters rejected a plan to create a needle exchange.
Councilor Rosemarie Mazza Moriarty, who had raised proponents' hopes by
saying Sunday that she was leaning toward voting yes on public health
grounds, ultimately voted no. "I have not been able to convince myself
that a city can support an illegal action," said Mazza Moriarty.