Stories from the Movement
Carole’s son Martin died from injection-related AIDS when he was 33. Carole knew her son was an injection drug user, and as a nurse she knew he could get HIV from sharing dirty needles. She also knew that in New Jersey there was no legal way for him to get clean needles.
Carole remembers her son telling her that he and his friend would fish syringes out of the sewer and use them to inject drugs. Some people say that syringe access “Sends the wrong message.” Carole says, “My son struggled with addiction. He died of AIDS before he could overcome his addiction. If he had a little more time he might have gotten the help he needed.” People can recover from drug addiction. There is no cure for AIDS.
The Message that Syringe Access Sends?
EVERYONE’S LIFE HAS VALUE. EVERYONE’S LIFE IS WORTH PROTECTING.