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Re: “How a syringe exchange program could help make addicts, residents and police officers safer

Great job Brent! So glad to see this information published!

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Posted by Melissa Epps on 02/04/2016 at 2:43 PM

Re: “How a syringe exchange program could help make addicts, residents and police officers safer

Thanks for fixing the Heroin exchange error in your article

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Posted by Robert Childs on 02/04/2016 at 10:20 AM

Re: “How a syringe exchange program could help make addicts, residents and police officers safer

Great article! Thanks for publishing.

I do have one correction though. North Carolina recently passed two laws that allow people to declare syringes to law enforcement prior to search without being charged for either the syringe or the residue inside the syringe. HB850 in 2013 and HB 712 in 2015 http://www.nchrc.org/law-enforcement/ncs-new-needlestick-prevention-law-hb-850/

That being said, syringe exchange programs are still needed to help connect people who struggle with addiction to treatment and social services.

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Posted by Tessie Castillo on 02/04/2016 at 10:05 AM

Re: “How a syringe exchange program could help make addicts, residents and police officers safer

Syringe exchange programs are one of the most effective public health interventions for decreasing the transmission rates of HIV and other blood borne diseases such as hepatitis C, as well as connect users to treatment and other important needs such as housing or food assistance.

In states with legalized syringe exchange programs, people who use injection drugs turn in their used or “dirty” needles in exchange for unused, clean needles.

By expanding access to clean syringes and ensuring a safe way to dispose of bio-hazardous materials, syringe exchange programs create safer environments for the community at large. Additionally, syringe exchange programs are shown to lead to a 66% reduction in needle-stick injury to law enforcement.

While it is a common myth that syringe exchange programs encourage, enable or increase drug use, as well as crime, decades of research from organizations including the World Health Organization and the American Medical Association, show that syringe exchange programs do none of those. In fact, many studies demonstrate that syringe exchange programs decrease drug use by connecting otherwise marginalized people to treatment. It is estimated that syringe exchange program participants are five times more likely to enter drug treatment than non-participants.

What about North Carolina and Syringe Exchange?

In North Carolina, syringe exchange is prohibited due to a statute against the distribution of items that could be used as drug paraphernalia. However, people across North Carolina, including members of law enforcement, public health departments, substance use treatment centers, physicians, pharmacists and community members are mobilizing to change that.

As heroin use rates rise precipitously, acute hepatitis C cases nearly tripled from 2010 to 2014. It is imperative that North Carolina take steps to address the twin epidemics of drug overdose death and hepatitis C, as well as provide people who use drugs with addiction treatment options.

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Posted by Robert Childs on 02/04/2016 at 9:08 AM

Re: “A day in one of Charlotte's most popular sex boutiques

I love this Brianna Daniels woman. I'm gonna go just so I can meet her...and buy some stuff of course.

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Posted by Brandy Alexandria on 02/03/2016 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Remembering Infamy: The life and crimes of Rae Carruth — 10 years later

Do u think I care if u dont or not its my opinion

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Posted by Izey Lundy Mclean on 01/31/2016 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Remembering Infamy: The life and crimes of Rae Carruth — 10 years later

He should have got life 😊

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Posted by Izey Lundy Mclean on 01/31/2016 at 1:44 PM

Re: “What does a casino in the Charlotte area mean for the community?

Shaun writes:

"Nothing impacts the poor more than spending money on the lottery."

You do realize that nobody holds a gun to the head of lottery ticket buyers, right? Whereas the state does hold a figurative gun to the head of the poor in the form of taxation. As Sinead O'Connor said, "fight the real enemy".

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Posted by Garth Vader on 01/28/2016 at 11:05 AM

Re: “What does a casino in the Charlotte area mean for the community?

This group against the new resort and restaurants is religiously motivated and believes strongly, that the US government should be controlled by the church. These are the remnants of family ideas left behind after the British were defeated at Kings Mountain, Guilford Courthouse and abandoned/retreated from Charlottesburg (called Charlotte today).

The families and values still live here today and strongly support a single church controlling the government. Obviously, the calls of lottery tickets being Satan's work and allowing it, or wine at restaurants, have systemically been defeated. One by one, their calls of a ripped open society due to allowing the lottery or wine in restaurants have been defeated at the polls.

No one religion will ever again be allowed to legally control this country. Our voting poll is on change dot or if you would like to vote for the new resort.

Sincerely, Martin CJ Mongiello

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Posted by Martin Cj Mongiello on 01/28/2016 at 7:29 AM

Re: “What does a casino in the Charlotte area mean for the community?

Can the same genius who states that this promotes inequality and impacts the poor negatively realize that we promote the lottery in this state? Nothing impacts the poor more than spending money on the lottery. People are already driving a ton to go to Harrahs in Cherokee. This project would promote tourism and create jobs around Kings Mountain. Gambling will always be a part of our society. We might as well monetize on it.

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Posted by Shaun on 01/27/2016 at 3:58 PM

Re: “What does a casino in the Charlotte area mean for the community?

Charlotte and Kings mountain would benefit greatly from that new casino. People from far distances will travel to the area and spend a great amount of money on hotels, restaurants etc.
To think that crime and more drug abuse will arise in the area is baloney. That group are religious conservatives who lack any open mind. geez

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Posted by toneloc1 on 01/27/2016 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Millennial candidate brings fresh ideas to west Charlotte

28 years old. I am sure she brings a wealth of experience that will help guide Mecklenburg through all of its social and financial issues.

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Posted by The Great Gazoo on 01/24/2016 at 11:14 AM

Re: “A win for whistleblowers?

Whistle Blowers on chicken killers: Good

Whistle Blowers on baby killers: Bad

Posted by The Great Gazoo on 01/24/2016 at 11:09 AM

Re: “A win for whistleblowers?

I realize this article is old, but it is infuriating to read that North Carolina would do such a thing. I mean, the fact that illegal, unethical, and unsafe practices are being exposed should be a good thing, am I right? I don't even begin to understand how an act like this even begins to take place, aside from the obvious greed, corruption, and lies that flood the government as well as the ag industry. Am I missing something here, can someone chime in? It gives me a heavy heart that this is only one tiny example of what's wrong in our world. And I know it's such a small piece of what's out there, but it still does not change the fact..

I kind of just laughed when I read this section of the story:

"If you work for a business and you see something that is obviously wrong, nothing prevents you from being a whistleblower," Szoka aid. "You go to the proper channels. Instead of going to the closest media outlet, you go to the proper authorities.

and it reminds me of the recent Sonny'S BBQ sexual harassment case. Just completely asinine. Different scenario, but obviously the "proper channels" are just another branch of the corporate corruption. Forget it. Done going off on a tangent. Thanks for the vent.

Posted by Johnathon Lewchuk on 01/14/2016 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Millennial candidate brings fresh ideas to west Charlotte

What she says about Vilma Leake is 100% spot on and probably too kind. I volunteered for a political campaign and crossed paths with her a while back. Never having met her, I had no idea she was so rude and impersonal. What I experienced was bad enough to ask around. It seems she has an awful reputation as a bully. I don't believe constituents like me are generally aware of this. If Dr. Leake feels you're her inferior you can forget about trying to work with her and god forbid, change her mind on anything or present fresh thought. Time after time I heard things like "It's all about Vilma" or "the Vilma show". What a disappointment. It's great to see this coming out into the daylight. She's holding our district and our city back.

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Posted by West Charlotte Rising on 01/08/2016 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Millennial candidate brings fresh ideas to west Charlotte

Glad to see this, although I would really love to have a conservative voice from District 2. But that won't happen any time soon unfortunately. However, anything is better than Vilma Leake.

Posted by kimhelms on 01/07/2016 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Millennial candidate brings fresh ideas to west Charlotte

Great Article. Wish you the best in your campaign. Go Lula....

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Posted by Ali on 01/07/2016 at 1:37 AM

Re: “Millennial candidate brings fresh ideas to west Charlotte

This is great! best of luck to you. Keep going!

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Posted by Aramis Alexander on 01/07/2016 at 12:53 AM

Re: “Millennial candidate brings fresh ideas to west Charlotte

Great article and a needed change. The decline of our community and our voices have been falling on death ears. The district has a representative but we do not have an advocate . We sit and watch our communities decline with the erosion of jobs , enrichment services and education. Enough.....we need and deserve a representative who grasp the issue and willing to work to change it for the better. Rosa H. Mustafa .... Run Lula and Win.

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Posted by Pebbles Hodge on 01/06/2016 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Millennial candidate brings fresh ideas to west Charlotte

It it so exciting and exhilarating to see a Millennial running for office. We need fresh ideas to combat the issues that we are facing in this city. Charlotte is already a beautiful city, and with elected officials who are willing to stand up for our people, we can not be stopped. Reading this makes me more empowered to work in my community and enact change in whatever way that I can. How exciting!

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Posted by Hannah Abdul-Awwal on 01/06/2016 at 7:59 PM

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