Summary: AssociAte History Professor cAroline Acker received tHe 2008 BenjAmin
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just made complete sense from a
public health perspective. In other
words, you have an infectious
disease, you know how it spreads
from one body to another, and then
you interrupt that transmission.
The then-governor of California,
Pete Wilson, vetoed the bill. I then
expected to be one of a group of
people who lived in the county
who would rise up in righteous-
ness and start a needle exchange.
It turned out I was the only one.
But I got support from some folks
in other counties, and I started out
simply walking the streets with a