Nevada Legislature Repeals Law Against Syringe Possession, Allowing for Needle Exchanges
August 26, 2013
Nevada's legislature repealed a law that made it illegal to possess hypodermic needles or syringes, which will allow nonprofit organizations to launch needle exchange or safe needle disposal harm reduction programs. The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health must prepare operational guidelines, which the state Board of Health must approve, before organizations could implement any needle exchange programs. Proponents asserted that needle exchange programs would greatly reduce hepatitis C and HIV risk for illegal injection drug users. Estimates placed the lifetime cost of care for hepatitis C at $500,000, and the lifetime healthcare cost of HIV at a minimum of $355,000.
08.23.2013; Ed Vogel
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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