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Bronx cheer

Ah, Christmas in the Big Apple:

A Bronx health clinic is promoting its services with a new video featuring Santa Claus distributing free needles and condoms.

CitiWide Harm Reduction (CitiWide) posted the video, titled “Santa Passes Out Clean Needles for Christmas,” on its website for the holiday season.

The video features not only Santa, but also clinic workers dressed like elves dancing to José Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” with various needles, drug kits and condoms.

 Can't wait to see the remake of "Miracle on 34th Street" featuring the sex-addicted junkie who loses his faith in Christmas until Santa comes along with his goody bag of needles and condoms. Feliz Navidad!


Andrew J.
Fri, 12/21/2012 - 10:15am

How about an Ebenezer Scrooge-like character telling a junkie to reuse that needle he just got from someone suffering from AIDS because he's been a bad boy and to just say no to unprotected sex since, courtesy of Seinfeld's soup Nazi, "No condoms for you!"


Harl Delos
Fri, 12/21/2012 - 2:41pm

Anyone know what kind of needles they pass out for free?

Taking a shot of fast insulin before each of 3 meals, and one of slow insulin at bedtime, a typical diabetic goes through $600 in needles annually.  Most states have made insulin and needles non-prescriptive, meaning it's not covered by insurance policies in some states.

I use the 31 gage 5/16" needles.

Until recently, Pennsylvania allowed pharmacists to sell insulin without a prescription, just in case a diabetic needed an emergency dose while away from his meds bag at home, but he wasn't allowed to buy a syringe so he could actually use the insulin. Now, they allow anyone to buy needles, but the junkies won't go into a drug store because those purchases are being tracked by the DEA, so all they've done is encourage those on insulin to skip shots, and drive under the influence of insufficient insulin....

Oh, and to go blind.  They treat diabetic retinopathy by injecting an anticancer drug into the vitreous humor. The treatment is $1650 per month, per eye, and health insurance covers that, but if it were cheaper to keep a thumb on diabetes in the first place, that $3300/month for at least 3 months could be avoided. And people think universal health care is going to raise costs?  As the old Fram oil filter ad used to say, "Pay me now or pay me later" 

Leo Morris
Fri, 12/21/2012 - 3:37pm

How about "It's a Wonderful Life"? The sex-starved junkie decides to kill himself and wails in anguish, "The world would have been better off if I'd never been born!" And the angel Clarence takes him by the hand and says, "You know what? You're right!"

Harl Delos
Fri, 12/21/2012 - 6:15pm

If you want to run for Sheriff, Leo, I'd move back to Allen County to vote for you, strictly because you'd demand that the suicidally depressed be treated like people with constitutional rights,

There isn't a state in the Union that has a law making suicide a crime.  If someone claims you are threatening suicide, though, virtually every state locks you up for 72 hours for evaluation, and if the shrinks don't like you, they can give you life imprisonment without even giving you a chance to give your side of the story to a jury.