We need your financial support to help us raise $12,000 so that we can secure time to finish In Exchange For A Life, a documentary about The Underground Syringe Exchange of Denver.
Summer 2008 we (Kyle Harris and Kevin Price of Improbable Pictures) were invited to spend a few weeks following The Underground Syringe Exchange of Denver (USED) as the group heroically defied Colorado State’s syringe exchange ban and exchanged clean needles for dirty ones. Three years later, we finished shooting over 140 tapes. Our footage chronicles this small group of activists touching the lives of Denver’s drug users, struggling to maintain an organization, and ultimately participating in the successful fight to legalize syringe exchange at the Colorado State Capital.
Once we have finished post-production on this project, our plan is to work closely with The Harm Reduction Action Center and harm reduction activists throughout the country to organize community screenings designed to spark conversations about syringe exchange programs in locations where injectors have no access to clean needles.
We believe this powerful story of a small group of activists mobilizing within their community to break the law to save lives will inspire organizers and addicts across the country to build syringe exchange programs to take care of their communities.
Any money we raise over $12,000 will help seed the distribution of the film and the associated outreach campaigns. When we meet our goal please consider donating to help us with the distribution of this project.
Your support in helping us complete this film is critical.
Kevin Price and Kyle Harris
No. Syringe exchange legalization implies that people can operate syringe exchange programs without threat of arrest. While some cities and states might elect to economically support syringe exchange programs through taxpayer revenue, this is not necessarily the case. Many syringe exchange programs receive support from foundations and private contributions.
There is broad consensus among the medical, scientific and public health communities that SEPs are an essential part of preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases without encouraging drug use. Seven government studies completed by agencies that include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Academy of Sciences and Government Accountability Office have concluded that SEPs are effective. Three former U.S. Surgeon Generals, the American Medical Association and the American Public Health Association support SEPs.
SEP's give injection drug users an opportunity to speak with people who can offer additional resources: referrals to treatment, counseling, food, shelter, and medial help that can help people find the stability necessary to address their drug use.
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