Sunday, January 31, 2010

Catholic Charities passes out free needles to drug addicts

ALBANY-- After 20 years of alleviating suffering for people touched by AIDS, Catholic Charities will take one of its boldest steps yet on Monday: passing out free syringes to IV drug users in two urban neighborhoods to prevent the spread of the disease.
Anticipating criticism, the social services agency of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany spent five years planning and vetting the needle exchange program, which received approval from its trustees and board chairman, Bishop Howard J. Hubbard.
"I understand there will be questions, but this is common sense," said Sister Maureen Joyce, CEO of Catholic Charities. "I strongly believe in this. It will save lives." Full story here.

What next? Free booze to alcoholics? Free hookers to porn addicts?

Common sense this is not. Lunacy this is. I sure hope Catholic Charities squashes this one real soon. I suspect they'll be losing some donations over this one.

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