So, @WVGovernor @claymarsh @AyneAmjad @EricJTarr4WV have blood on their hands. Syringe exchange works. It prevents HIV transmission. It does not increase drug use or crime. That's the evidence. 1/
I mean really, what the fuck? #WestVirginia is in the midst of an opioid and HIV epidemic and these bozos decide that gutting harm reduction in the state is their go-to strategy. It's inexcusable nonsense. 2/
And @WVGovernor @claymarsh @AyneAmjad @EricJTarr4WV are ready to flush millions of dollars down the toilet. The costs of HIV, HCV treatment alone mount into the millions. This is on them. Every cent. Every dollar. Every death. 3/ wvpolicy.org/saving-lives-a…
You were NOT following the science. And @MooreCapitoWV you were not coming down in the middle. You decided to do the politically expedient thing & hobble harm reduction programs in your state. This isn't about the people of #WestVirginia but your careers. It's a vile business. 4/
This is a sad day for #WestVirginia, for those who care about people who use drugs, who have lost loved ones to the opioid crisis and the HIV epidemic. Today is a profile in cowardice, from top to bottom. 5/
Now we have to support our friends and colleagues in #WestVirginia who have to clean up this fucking mess, the new HIV and HCV infections, the new overdoses, deal with the new grief of new families who will lose loved ones to this crisis. 6/
So donate to groups working to support people who use drugs in West Virginia, groups working to combat overdose, HIV and HCV. The state of #WestVirginia just gave a big fuck-you to public health, but we have lives to save and we need to get busy. end/

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17 Apr
@WesPegden @orinmoore So, Wes, denialism is a broader concept, discussed here: "There is an overwhelming consensus on the evidence among scientists yet there are also vocal commentators who reject this consensus, convincing many of the public, and often the media too..." 1/ academic.oup.com/eurpub/article…
@WesPegden @orinmoore "...that the consensus is not based on ‘sound science’ or denying that there is a consensus by exhibiting individual dissenting voices as the ultimate authorities on the topic in question." 2/
@WesPegden @orinmoore "Their goal is to convince that there are sufficient grounds to reject the case for taking action to tackle threats to health." 3/
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16 Apr
.@WVGovernor, @EricJTarr4WV, @MooreCapitoWV, @claymarsh, @AyneAmjad. #WestVirginia just ignored #WestVirginia's own health advice. Here is a statement from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources from a few years ago. 1/ oeps.wv.gov/harm_reduction…
"Data collected by the West Virginia Health Statistics Center showed that West Virginia ranked #1 in drug overdose deaths in 2015, with a rate of 41.5 deaths per 100,000 people. Deaths attributed to opioids, namely heroin and fentanyl, are on the rise in the state." 2/
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11 Apr
.@DouthatNYT: in my youth, I was part of a Catholic evangelical group. But the homophobia, sexism, racism among its leaders shocked me. I walked away, never came back. This kind of pious hatred became policy for some denominations in the 80s, 90s. 1/ nytimes.com/2021/04/10/opi…
So who walked away from whom? Preach homophobia from the pulpit, tell women they can't make reproductive choices on their own, support policies that hurt rather than help people through the @GOP and you have box-office poison. Who wants to be scorned as a matter of faith? 2/
If there is any spiritual stirring in my soul at this point it's people like @RevDrBarber and @RedLetterXians who point the way, not the noxious variety of American Christianity that has been in ascendancy for 3 decades now. 3/
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There are heroic people in #WestVirginia who are fighting to keep the state from more HIV and HCV infections, endocarditis, from more overdoses, sickness and death, but let's be clear @EricJTarr4WV is a public health menace. This bill will destroy needle exchange in the state. 1/
Watered down by @MooreCapitoWV Judiciary Committee, the bill going for full passage now hobbles syringe exchange in the state, making it supremely difficult to do the hard work of HIV prevention and harm reduction. 2/
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Dear @BenSalango, In a recent economic analysis, the cost of treating the 35 new HIV cases related to intravenous drug use (IDU) in Kanawha County in 2020 is expected to run nearly $17 million. 1/
The cost of providing curative treatment for the 635 cases of chronic hepatitis C (HCV) associated with IDU in 2019 in Kanawha County is likely to be as much as $44.5 million. 2/
As you plan to effectively neuter harm reduction in Kanawha County, you must face the fact that you will add to these millions by your one single act. 3/
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@samhorwich @ezraklein I was first relieved that there at least was some pushback in the piece and it wasn’t 100% libertarian BS. But after a re-read realized it was a capitulation out of ignorance letting a purely ideological view of the regulatory state drive the narrative. 1/
@samhorwich @ezraklein The main tell here? People like Alex will always say less regulation as the answer to every question. Anyone who knows FDA, the history and politics, will realize the agency has drifted towards appeasement of its critics since the 1980s. I should know. I was one of them. 2/
@samhorwich @ezraklein Did FDA make mistakes over the past year? Surely, but in the larger context, these missteps (and even the agency’s better decision) are now being pitched by Goldwater Institute and others that it‘s now time for guess-what? More deregulation. Ezra walked straight into it. 3/
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