Hawaii: Sun, Sand, Sea - And Syringes

Sun, Sand, Sea -- And Syringes

The Honolulu neighborhood is seedy, the building rundown and the second-story room bleak. When a drug user comes in, drops a dirty needle into a plastic bucket and receives a fresh sterile syringe and needle in exchange, no name is given, no questions are asked. This is the start of the nation's first state- approved program for providing addicts with clean needles in the hope of curtailing the spread of AIDS. Under the two-year pilot project, an addict can swap a used needle for a new one, supplied by the nonprofit Life Foundation, up to five times a day, five days...