Syringe Access

Increasing sterile syringe access through syringe exchange programs and non-prescription pharmacy sales is essential to reducing syringe sharing among injection drug users and decreasing rates of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C transmission.  Syringe exchange programs have also been shown to increase the safe disposal of used syringes, protecting police officers and the public from accidental exposure to blood-borne diseases.  Despite the benefits of these life-saving programs, legal and bureaucratic barriers still prevent injection drug users from accessing clean syringes. The Drug Policy Alliance has led efforts to increase syringe access in several states and is playing a key role in repealing the federal syringe funding ban.  We continue to push for reforms that would greatly reduce rates of disease transmission, overdose and other risks associated with injection drug use.
 

New Jersey Senate to Vote on Bill to Make "Pilot" Sterile Syringe Access Programs Permanent and Provide Funding

Senate Session This Thursday, June 21st at 2PM

Public Health Advocates Tout Success of Programs and Urge Passage of Life-Saving Legislation

Trenton—This Thursday, June 21st, the Senate will vote on Senate Bill 2001, which would make New Jersey’s sterile syringe access programs permanent and appropriate $95,000 to fund the programs.  The Senate session is scheduled to begin at 2pm.  Senate Bill 2001 is sponsored by Senator Joseph F. Vitale (D-Middlesex).

Tony Newman 646-335-5384 or Roseanne Scotti 609-610-8243

New Jersey Senate Health Committee to Vote on Bill to Make "Pilot" Sterile Syringe Access Programs Permanent and Provide Funding

Hearing to be Held This Thursday, June 7th in State House Annex, Committee Room 1 at 1PM

Public Health Advocates Tout Success of Programs and Urge Passage
of Life-Saving Legislation

Trenton—This Thursday, June 7th, the Senate Health, Human Relations and Senior Citizens Committee will vote on Senate Bill 2001, which would make New Jersey’s sterile syringe access programs permanent and appropriate $95,000 to fund the programs. It is vitally important that this legislation become law.   The hearing will convene in Committee Room 1, on the first floor of the State House Annex, at 1pm.  Senate Bill 2001 is sponsored by Senator Joseph F. Vitale (D-Middlesex).

Tony Newman 646-335-5384 or Roseanne Scotti 609-610-8243

Governor Chris Christie Signs Sterile Syringe Access Legislation to Prevent the Spread of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C

Public Health and HIV Prevention Advocates Cheer Enactment of Life-Saving Legislation

Trenton—Today Governor Chris Christie signed life-saving legislation (S958/A1088) to allow for the sale of limited numbers of syringes in pharmacies without a prescription.  Public health advocates say the legislation will reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C and other blood-borne diseases. It will also benefit diabetics and others who must use injectable medications by making it easier for them to access syringes.  New Jersey was one of only two states (the other is Delaware) that completely ban over-the-counter sales of syringes.

Roseanne Scotti 609-610-8243 or Tony Newman 646-335-5384

Congress to Restore Federal Syringe Exchange Funding Ban as Part of 2012 Spending Package

Ban on Allowing States to Use HIV Prevention Money on Life-Saving Syringe Programs was Overturned in 2009 After 20-Year Struggle

Reinstatement of Ban will Lead to Thousands of New HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C Cases Annually

As part of the 2012 spending package being voted on today, Congress is restoring a ban on using federal funding for syringe exchange programs that reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and other infectious diseases. The ban, enacted in the 1980s and repealed in 2009, was largely responsible for hundreds of thousands of Americans contracting HIV/AIDS directly or indirectly from the sharing of used syringes. Advocates warn that restoring the ban will result in thousands of Americans contracting HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C or other infectious diseases next year alone.

Tony Newman 646-335-5384 Bill Piper 202-669-6430

Congress on Verge of Restoring Federal Syringe Exchange Funding Ban as Part of 2012 Spending Package

Ban on Allowing States to Use HIV Prevention Money on Life-Saving Syringe Programs was Overturned in 2009 After 20-Year Struggle

Reinstatement of Ban will Lead to Thousands of New HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C Cases Annually

Tony Newman 646-335-5384 or Bill Piper 202-669-6430

New Jersey Assembly Passes Sterile Syringe Access Legislation that Would Prevent the Spread of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C

Legislation Passes 54-24 with Bi-Partisan Support, Heads to Governor Christie’s Desk

Public Health and HIV Prevention Advocates Cheer Passage of Life-Saving Legislation that Would Allow Pharmacies to Sell Syringes

Trenton—Today, the New Jersey State Assembly passed life-saving legislation to allow for the sale of limited numbers of syringes in pharmacies without a prescription.   The legislation received bi-partisan support, passing by a vote of 54-24.  New Jersey is one of only two states (the other state is Delaware) that completely ban over-the-counter sales of syringes.

Roseanne Scotti 609-610-8243 or Tony Newman 646-335-5384

New Jersey Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee Passes Sterile Syringe Access Legislation to Prevent the Spread of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C

Legislation Passes 8-1-2 with Bi-Partisan Support

Public Health and HIV Prevention Advocates Cheer Passage of Life-Saving Legislation

Trenton—Today, the New Jersey Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee approved a life-saving bill to allow for the sale of limited numbers of syringes in pharmacies without a prescription.   The legislation received bi-partisan support, passing by a vote of 8-1-2.  New Jersey is one of only two states (the other is Delaware) that completely ban over-the-counter sales of syringes.

Roseanne Scotti 609-610-8243 or Tony Newman 646-335-5384

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