Good Times Santa Cruz Covers the Needle Exchange Survey

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Good Times Santa Cruz writer Joel Hersch wrote a column called, “Moving The Needle” centered around my unofficial Santa Cruz County Needle Exchange Survey.

“On July 26, Capitola resident and nationally syndicated radio host Ethan Bearman, whose program “The Ethan Bearman Show” is based at KSCO in Santa Cruz, released the results of an online survey he conducted to gauge community opinions on the local needle exchange. Bearman describes the needle exchange controversy as a lightening rod issue for the community. Last year, many began voicing their outrage at finding syringes in public spaces, in some case on sidewalks outside their homes, and generally where they or their children could step on them.

Over the course of 10 days, Bearman got 558 responses—517 from Santa Cruz County locals—and although he acknowledges that it’s not a large enough sample size to reliably reflect opinions among the county’s approximate population of 266,000, he believes it can serve to provoke discussion.

“Ultimately,” Bearman says, “what drove me to do this survey was the disconnect that I heard between county supervisors and HSA representatives and what I was hearing from my callers and the people in my day-to-day interactions.”

He does not believe that local officials are taking community opinions about needle exchanges into account, and hopes the survey gets their attention.”

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2 thoughts on “Good Times Santa Cruz Covers the Needle Exchange Survey

  1. THE GOODTIMES SHOULD CHANGE THEIR NAME TO PROPAGANDA! AFTER READING THE DREAM RIDERS ARTICLE AND WHAT XOCHITLQUETZAL SAID ABOUT GROWING UP IN THE STATES AND THEN HEARING ACTIVIST JACQUELINE SEYDEL TELLING ME I SHOULD FEEL GUILTY TO BE WHITE, THEN TURNING THE PAGE AND HEARING BILL MONNING CALLING SODA A HARMFUL PRODUCT AND THEN ON TOP OF THAT SEEING A TOTAL ILLEGAL UNDOCUMENTED SEABRIGHT BREWERY COOK DRINKING HIS BUDDIES LATEST BATCH OF BREW (THE SAME ONE WHO TOOK ONE OF MY SHIFTS AND LOVE TO LOOK AT PORN ON HIS I PHONE WHEN HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN PREPPING FOR THE NEXT DAY!,) I’M SURPRISED GREG ARCHER DID’NT REVIEW A MOVIE WITH A HOMOSEXUAL THEME AS WELL! LISA HERNADEZ IS LIVING IN DENIAL! ETHAN ,YOU ARE SCARING THEM AND THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO BUT LIE! DON’T LET THE HATERS GET YOU DOWN! P.S. AS A CAT 2 ROAD CYCLIST I WONDER HOW MANY MILES MS. SEYDEL WILL RIDE BEFORE SHE FIGURES OUT FRYE BOOTS LOOK COOL BUT THEY ARE A PAIN IN THE ASS TO PEDAL IN! ROCK ON I,,I JOMO

  2. Has anyone thought of just redesigning the syrings? A syring to suck in the needle or stop a second depression seems wise overall or at least with needles given out to the public.

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