Needle Vending Machines announced by U.S. health officials
A major new announcement in the fight against deadly diseases is earning praise from medical professionals, but it has a lot of people uneasy.
Health officials in the United States, and specifically the state of Nevada, have just rolled out a remarkable new initiative that is sure to draw both praise and criticism as the state seeks to combat deadly diseases like HIV and hepatitis. They are introducing vending machines that dispense free needles and are meant to be used by drug addicts.
The vending machines will be located in southern Nevada and will look like regular vending machines, except you don’t have to pay and you get a kit of needles instead of snacks. With this program, someone looking to shoot up heroin or some other drug would only need to press a button to get access to clean needles. The kit has a box of 10 syringes, a rubber tourniquet, alcohol swabs, a container for disposing needles, bandaids, and information on where to find treatment.