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1 Termination of an Established Needle-Exchange A Study of Claims and Their Impact is an article written by Robert S Broadhead Yael Van Hulst and Douglas D Heckathorn appearing in Social Problems published in 1999The information in the is article was split into two parts Part I The Social Construction of a Public Health Hazard deals with the claims making process which brought the needle-exchange process to its demise Part II The Impact of the Windham Needle Exchanges Closure deals with the actual effects of the ended needle exchange including the percentage of syringe reuse syringe sharing discarded syringes stability and appeal of the Windham drug scene availability of new syringes and the new injection-related wish behaviors 2 The research method used in this article was that of a survey research The research was done before and after the Windham needle-exchange was extinguished From March 1994 through February of 1997 330 initial and 173 follow up wish assessment interviews were conducted of Windham IDUs After Eleven months 111 Post- Closure initial interviews and 78 three month Post-Closure follow-up interviews Also periodic surveys of public outdoors areas where syringes and other drug paraphernalia was recovered The research was done to survey the changes among drug users with and without the needle exchange program 3 The needle-exchange originally began as an underground project in 1990 Although the group had experience multiple arrests many of the attempts majority of the attempts inflicted by the State District Attorney to prosecute were dropped or dismissed In 1992 Connecticut General Assembly passed legislation to support a needle-exchange and non-prescription sales of syringes to help combat the spread of HIV In 1993 state wide assessments showed that fewer IDUs were obtaining syringes from street sources and that the sharing of syringes between IDUs had decreased In May of 1996 the same District Attorney that attacked the program years before
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