"I originally intended to do this for a summer before returning to drug-treatment work; now I'm 15 years into it. In the early days, we attracted reams of attention in the national media and people from San Francisco, Boulder, Seattle, everywhere really, came to see what we were doing. Now there are 183 North American cities with needle-exchange programs, and besides running Tacoma's program, I'm the chairperson of a network providing supplies and support services to all these programs.
"Critics of these programs say we're supporting the wrong people and sending the wrong message. Well then, just who are the right people? And what is the right message? I believe the right message is that health services support everyone. I tell critics that, because of our work, drug users might get over being stupid - they'll never get over being dead.