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.
 

The Cost of a Slow Learning Curve

February 19, 2014

The U.S. refuses to adopt an evidence-based HIV/AIDS prevention strategy, costing us hundreds of thousands of lives and hundreds of millions of dollars. However, in countries where addiction is treated as a health issue, the fight against HIV/AIDS is being won. Newly diagnosed HIV infections in many countries have been nearly eliminated among people who use drugs, just as mother-to-child transmission of HIV has been eliminated in countries that make medicines for pregnant women accessible.

The Drug War: Fueling the HIV/AIDS Pandemic

February 19, 2014

The global war on drugs is severely jeopardizing the fight against AIDS. Criminalizing drug use drives the HIV pandemic not just among people who use drugs – but also among their families and communities.

Six Former Presidents, Richard Branson and Other World Leaders: Criminalization of Drug Use Fuels the Global HIV/AIDS Pandemic

Landmark Report Released in Advance of  2012 World AIDS Conference in Washington, DC

Global Commission Calls for Drug Decriminalization and Expansion of Proven, Cost-Effective Solutions to Reduce HIV/AIDS – Including Sterile Syringe Access, Safer Injection Facilities, and Prescription Heroin Programs

While Some Countries Have Virtually Eliminated Drug-Related HIV Transmissions, Drug War Policies in U.S., Russia, Thailand and China Cause Millions of Needless Infections and AIDS Deaths

Today, the Global Commission on Drug Policy will release a groundbreaking report at a press conference in London followed by a worldwide teleconference. The report condemns the drug war as a failure and recommends immediate, major reforms of the global drug prohibition regime to halt the spread of HIV infection and other drug war harms.

The report is being released in advance of the International AIDS Conference, the world’s largest gathering of HIV/AIDS experts. It will be held in the U. S. for the first time in 22 years this July 22-27, in Washington DC.

Tony Newman 646-335-5384

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

Page 2 of 6
Syndicate content