Clean Needles Benefit Society/Programs Don't Make Sense

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Argument Evaluation AssignmentArticle 1: CLEAN NEEDLES BENEFIT SOCIETY1. Identify at least two arguments.Argument 1:•The 37 cities trying needle exchanges are accumulating impressive data that they are an effective tool against spread of an epidemic now in its 13th year.2. Outline the argument premises and conclusions.Premises:•55% of used needles show traces of AIDS virus.•In New Haven, new HIV infections are down 33% for addicts in exchanges.Conclusion:•Needle exchanges have proven their benefit.3. Identify whether the premises support the conclusions.•Yes4. Identify whether the premises are reasonable.•Yes5. Explain how you came to decisions about article arguments.•Both premises give impressive data to back up the argument that needle exchanges are an effective tool against the spread of an epidemic (Aids). The premises support the conclusion that needle exchanges prove their benefit.Argument 2:•Needle exchange is a soundly based counterattack against an epidemic.2. Outline the argument premises and conclusions.Premises:•Evidence shows drug users will seek out clean needles to cut chances of almost certain death from AIDS.•(Some 28% of AIDS cases are IV drug users.) And AIDS treatment costs taxpayers far more than the price of a few needles.Conclusion:•They should be encouraged and expanded.3. Identify whether the premises support the conclusions.•Yes4. Identify whether the premises are reasonable.•Yes5. Explain how you came to decisions about article arguments.Though the first premise seems to be more of an opinion because there is not any specific evidence provided, the second premise gives facts to prove that 28% of aids victims are IV drug users who logically could spread the disease further by sharing needles. Both premises logically lead to the conclusion that the needle exchange should be encouraged because it is cheaper than the cost of Aids treatment.Article 2: PROGRAMS DON'T MAKE SENSE1. Identify at least two arguments.Argument 1:•It's wrong to attempt to ease one crisis by...


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