hepatitis c: The Correctional Service considers both initiatives important elements of the effort to limit transmission of hepatitis C and HIV in institutions, according to CTV. It has long tried to keep drugs from entering prisons, but recognizes that contraband finds its way to inmates. The Union of Canadian Correctional Officers says one such injection site at Drumheller Institution in Alberta is proving a safer alternative to the service's needle-exchange program, operating at seven federal prisons. The union opposes making needles available to inmates at all, citing the risk of being pricked accidentally or on purpose. It involves giving inmates access to needles so they can use them in a supervised setting with nursing staff. But it says if the prison service wants to continue distributing needles, then the injection site, known as an overdose prevention service, should be the model. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
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