A day after AIDS activists closed down the Capitol protesting President Obama's failure to lift the ban on funding needle exchanges as he promised during the election, a House subcommittee has superceded him and repealed the ban. Democrats cited scientific evidence that exchange programs help slow the spread of HIV.
"Thirty-thousand people a year get HIV or Hepatitis C directly or
indirectly from intravenous drug use," said Bill Piper of the Drug Policy Alliance. "That's 300,000
people that could be saved over the next decade."