Policy & Politics
California State Legislators Expected to Reintroduce Bill to Legalize Over-the-Counter Hypodermic Needle Sales
January 13, 2004
California state legislators are soon expected to reintroduce a bill that would allow pharmacies across the state to sell hypodermic needles over-the-counter, a move some health officials believe will curb the spread of HIV and other bloodborne disease among injection drug users, the Los Angeles Times reports (Costello, Los Angeles Times, 1/12). Former California Gov. Gray Davis (D) in October 2003 vetoed a similar bill (SB 774), which would have allowed pharmacies to sell up to 30 hypodermic syringes to an adult without a prescription. The measure, sponsored by Sen. John Vasconcellos (D), aimed to reduce the incidence of needle sharing among drug users, which contributes to the spread of HIV, hepatitis C and other diseases. California law currently requires a prescription to purchase syringes, except when used to inject adrenaline or insulin (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 10/14/03).
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