McCaffrey had been in an open debate about the issue with Sandra L. Thurman, director of national AIDS policy for the White House, who argued strongly that the ban should be lifted. In a letter to Thurman, McCaffrey reiterated his belief that needle exchanges send the wrong message about drugs to children. He said he would rather see the money spent on drug treatment programs. "As public servants, citizens and parents, we owe our children an unambiguous `no use' message," he wrote.
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