Are Needle Exchange Programs beneficial?

Needle Exchange Programs are controversial but beneficial to our public health and safety. Today I met with our local Health Department staff to discuss partnership of community outreach projects. We were discussing an HIV awareness campaign in June and during that conversation I was truly educated on some interesting facts regarding the Needle Exchange Program. Needle Exchange Program participants have been found five times more likely to enter drug treatment than those who had never used an exchange. NEPs throughout the country have reduced HIV transmission rates by one-third to two-fifths. Although, all of us wish there wasn't a need for clean needles, there is. NEP do not promote drug use, they promote education and public safety.