"Fuck the law," the director of ATLANTA HARM REDUCTION
told us last year. "We're going to save lives." Now that's a mantra we can respect. Atlanta Harm Reduction's mission: hand out needles to drug users. Surely the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would approve, having found that using clean needles "remains the safest, most effective" way to stop the spread of HIV. Over its seven years, Atlanta Harm Reduction has been funded by donations -- an Atlanta AIDS Partnership handout here, a Star Bar benefit concert there. It uses the money to buy 8-cent needles and sometimes hands out more than 1,800 of them in an hour. Sure, distributing needles may technically be a crime in Georgia, but thankfully, Atlanta Harm Reduction continues to stick it to the status quo.
1561 McLendon Ave. 404-526-9222. www.atlantaharmreduction.org