Ask The Mayor: Lafayette's Tony Roswarski On Needle Anecdotes Vs. Data

Jan 12, 2017

The mayor says he values tales from police officers over studies showing syringe exchanges don't increase crime rates.
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Listeners to WBAA’s Ask The Mayor know we’ve spent considerable time in the last couple months talking to the mayors of Lafayette and West Lafayette about the possibility of a needle exchange in the county.

This week on our conversation with Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, a listener wants to know where the mayor gets whatever information makes him believe that handing out clean syringes to injection drug users will increase crime in a city that’s desperately trying to keep criminals in check.

Also on this week’s show, even though it’s still winter, it’s never too soon to be thinking about how road construction will change travel habits when the weather warms again.

The next chunk of the Sagamore Parkway reconstruction could affect a large number of businesses clustered on the city’s southeast side.

So has Mayor Roswarski’s administration learned anything from last year’s near-lawsuit from a car dealership about how to remedy such concerns?