I was very much impressed by “What the Needles Said” [Summer 2001]. This very positive and accurate reporting of the events that led to the creation and successful implementation of New Haven’s Needle Exchange Program is perhaps the best summary of the program that I have seen.

The Yale medical community deserves a great deal of gratitude for its support of needle exchange at a time when the entire nation was still very much in a “black death/bubonic plague” panic in regard to aids. I’m proud that my city and my police department proved positive in rising to the challenges which were thrust upon us at that moment in history.

Nicholas Pastore, Director, Criminal Justice Policy Fellowship; Former Chief of Police, New Haven, Conn.