Needling the Bay State

One of my favorite things to do around here is to find two or three different news stories and find ways to tie them together. Sometimes, though, I can’t quite pull a conclusion out of them. This is one of those times.

Yesterday, the Boston Glob reported that the state House had voted to make hypodermic syringes available over the counter, as in 47 other states, instead of by prescription, only. This is one I’ve had mixed feelings about. On the one hand, it shifts the burden of responsibility from the state to the individual, and as a general principle I support that.

On the other hand, syringes are one of the most easily abused items out there. In addition to the obvious illegal drug connection, their ready availability makes instances like this one far more likely — and there have been a spate of similar stories of late.

It just goes to show another of my major points: it’s almost impossible to foresee all the consequences when one makes a law.

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