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BlueCross BlueShield begins new discrimination against cancer and HIV patients

It’s called adverse tiering. It’s been reported on in outlets from the New England Journal of Medicine to the New York Times.

It’s the new way health insurance companies are trying to discriminate against "costly" patients and push those patients off their plans.

And it has arrived with a vengance in North Carolina.

Why North Carolina Needs Syringe Decriminalization

What a used syringe looks like

Why North Carolina Needs Syringe Decriminalization

It’s time for North Carolina to do something about its heroin problem. Over the past 6 years, state heroin use rates have more than tripled. More heroin means more injection drug use. More injection drug use means more syringes that could harm children, police officers and the community by transmitting viruses such as HIV and hepatitis B and C. Regardless of whether you choose to use drugs, what happens to those syringes affects all of us. To protect the health and safety of North Carolinians, the state needs to decriminalize syringes. Syringe decriminalization, or removing syringes from the list of items considered drug paraphernalia, lowers the incidence of accidental needle-stick injury to law enforcement and the public, decreases the transmission of blood borne viruses, and allows for safe disposal of used syringes.

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