ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- Scholars attending a convention of the Society of Christian Ethics have endorsed one-for-one needle exchanges to stem HIV infections.
Requisites are that the number of needles in circulation would not be increased, and participation must be linked with treatment for drug addiction. The resolution said research indicates such a policy would not increase drug abuse.
The society, which rarely takes a public stand on social issues, said many professional groups have similar positions but, to its knowledge, the Presbyterian Church (USA) is the only other religious body to take such a stand.
The society, based at DePaul University in Chicago, is a non-denominational group of 900 ethics professors.
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