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Texas: Advocates Pessimistic About Needle-Exchange Law

January 7, 2011

In the current political climate, Texas harm-reduction proponents believe prospects are poor for passing legislation that would allow needle-exchange programs (NEPs) to operate legally in the state.

"Trying to get a bill like this might be a little more difficult," said Randall Ellis, senior director of government relations at Legacy Community Health Services in Houston. "We know the House has shifted to the right. This is traditionally something the far right has been opposed to."

In 2009, state Sen. Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) introduced NEP legislation that passed the Senate but died in the House. Deuell, a physician, said he will not introduce similar legislation this year. The Senate would probably approve any favorable NEP legislation the House sent over, he said, though such passage is unlikely.

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