"More than 400,000 needles are handed out each month in San Francisco alone, and this year the city is on track to hand out close to 6 million syringes, according to the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Of the 400,000 needles distributed monthly, officials estimate that about 246,000 come back to the 13 syringe access and disposal sites.
By that count, roughly 154,000 needles are unaccounted for each month.
“When clean needles are available, there is less sharing, less disease transmission, and the discarded needles are less likely to be infectious,” Rachael Kagan, a health department spokeswoman, told The Chronicle."
I guess I was in favor of needle programs until now. At this point, I’d have to say that needles should not be allowed to leave the building they’re handed out in. Ever. Sorry, but these events aren’t ok. At this point, leaving a needle on a Bart seat is the same as “sharing a needle.” If needles weren’t easy to come by, people wouldn’t leave them lying around and would only “share” among other addicts. I’d rather see an addict infected than my family or other innocent people.