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Needle Exchange Bill Finds Early Support in Florida

February 19, 2014

This article was reported by Miami Herald.

The Miami Herald reported that south Florida lawmakers introduced a bill to allow a privately funded needle-exchange program for intravenous drug users in Miami-Dade County. Although a similar bill failed last year, Senate Bill 408 already received unanimous support from two Senate committees; the Florida House of Representatives scheduled a first hearing for House Bill 491 on February 18.

Hansel Tookes, a University of Miami medical student, helped craft the proposal, based on the success of needle-exchange programs in other states and Tookes's own 2009 research in Miami. His research, published in 2011 in the medical journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, found that Miami drug users were "34 times more likely to dispose of their needles publicly" than drug users in San Francisco, where users had access to needle-exchange programs.

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