A message from Allan Clear, Executive Director of the Harm Reduction Coalition:
Late last month Congressman Mark Souder sent a letter to the Director of the NIH addressing his concerns about harm reduction. His fanciful, inflammatory and inaccurate letter is posted below. Underneath his letter is HRC's response. To view more responses see the Drug Policy Alliance's website.
Also check out :
His opinions on drugs, especially medical marijuana
His excitement over that major drug dealer Peter Jennings, and a more balanced view of the same program
His ACLU report card
I'm sending this message out to encourage you to write to Dr. Zerhouni. I think it would be helpful for him to hear from the wider community. We can also look at this as an opportunity to have the science around syringe exchange looked at and to raise the issue again of lifting the Federal ban on the funding of syringe exchange.
Here's Congressman Souder's initial letter, and Allan's response to Dr. Zerhouni: