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Zac Oakes is a staff writer for the Central Kentucky News-Journal. He can be reached at reporter@cknj.com
Education is key when it comes to syringe exchange programs

 “Why would you give a needle to a drug addict?”

Admittedly, I once thought that was a very stupid question. It would just enable an addict, make it easier for them to do their drug of choice. Why make needles easier to get? These were all thoughts I had when I first heard about syringe exchange programs.

And so when I hear people express these thoughts, I don’t automatically discredit them, because it wasn’t that long ago that I thought the exact same thing.