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Policy & Politics

Florida: House Panel Clears Needle Exchange Bill

March 28, 2013

On March 27, the Florida House Health Quality subcommittee unanimously approved House Bill 735, which would legalize syringe and needle exchanges in Miami-Dade County, in a 12-0 vote. The proposal would allow for the creation of a pilot program in which intravenous drug users could exchange used needles and syringes for clean ones, which would assist in preventing the spread of diseases such as HIV/AIDS. Such exchange programs are currently illegal under Florida law. The proposed program would be administered by the state's Department of Health and would require the department to disseminate educational materials and to offer HIV counseling and testing to participants.

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Adapted from:
Herald-Tribune (Sarasota, FL)
03.27.2013; The Associated Press

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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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