A New York health clinic is celebrating the season of giving… by handing out needles and condoms to residents of the Bronx.
CitiWide Harm Reduction (CitiWide) was founded in 1995 by AIDS activist and drug user Brian Weil to “reduce harm” in the largely Puerto Rican and African America community battle high rates of poverty, drug abuse and infectious diseases. Less than a year after its founding, however, Weil died of a heroin overdose and the group limped on, expanding the scope of its mission ever since, including the addition of programs for sex workers.
This Christmas, CitiWide is advertising its needle-exchange program that offers drug users clean needles and other products to help combat HIV and hepatitis. On its website, the publicly funded organization posted this video of Jolly Old St. Nick delivering holiday goodies like syringes, condoms and overdose response kits.
Warning: Video is (morally) disturbing.
There’s something so wrong about finding someone living on the street, shooting up drugs and “helping” them by… handing them a new needle.
Oh, but he’ll be ok because he now has chocolate-flavored lube! Si se puede!