Written by Josh Glasser, Fulbright Scholar
I was in Nghi Son Village today, a small fishing village on the Vietnamese coast. It has a small harbor, but otherwise it is very quiet and even depressed economically. It's village leadership are nice enough, but they have received nowhere near the education that one would typically receive at an American university (even if they went to a Vietnamese university, which some may have).
Nghi Son also has a drug problem, which has caused an increase in HIV, which has caused the village to adopt a needle exchange program.
Now, riddle me this. Our legislature has the "best and the brightest" either serving or on staff. It has plenty more resources than your typical Vietnamese fishing village. It has all the time and experts handy to design and explain the program to the public.
How exactly does the village government in Nghi Son have a better public health policy with regard to needles than the State of North Carolina?