Program History in California
Many may argue that having access to clean syringes may provoke drug use because of how the government is funding the program which gives free clean syringes. Some of the benefits from the program are that the number of diseases related to sharing syringes has decreased. The program has significantly reduced the number of diseases related to needle sharing.
The Government of California initiated the Needle-Exchange Program in 1988 due to the rise of syringe sharing diseases*. After the program has been implemented, the number of people acquiring diseases from sharing syringes has decreased significantly showing that this method has been effective for reducing the number of diseases. The program works by having certain locations that can offer free clean syringes and also has literature about disease transferring.