TORONTO -- A consortium of AIDS prevention and harm reduction groups are launching a renewed call for needle and syringe programs in Canadian prisons. They argue such programs -- which give inmates who use drugs access to clean needles -- would not only protect prisoners from infection but would also safeguard against the spread of diseases once inmates are released. Canadian prisons do not currently permit the distribution of sterile injection equipment and the federal government has repeatedly said it has no plans to implement such programs, despite their success in some countries.

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