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New Jersey Senate Set to Consider Sterile Syringe Program

June 21, 2012

A Senate panel is expected to vote Thursday on a measure that would expand and make permanent New Jersey's sterile syringe program. The Bloodborne Disease Harm Reduction Act of 2006 is a demonstration program, permitting six cities to operate the needle-exchange programs; Atlantic City, Camden, Jersey City, Newark, and Patterson currently do so. The new legislation would authorize any municipality to operate an NEP, and it would appropriate $95,000 to fund it. The outreach has reduced HIV risks and boosted access to drug treatment and other services without increasing crime or drug use, a 2010 state report showed.

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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