Pennsylvania: Allegheny County Board of Health to Draft Regulation Establishing Rules for Needle-Exchange Program
September 7, 2004
The Allegheny County, Pa., Board of Health on Wednesday at a meeting agreed to draft a regulation that would allow a local pilot needle-exchange program to continue to operate and ensure accountability of the program, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Prevention Point Pittsburgh operates its needle exchange as a pilot program, which was authorized in 2002 after the health board declared a "public health emergency," according to the Post-Gazette. The program aims to slow the spread of HIV and hepatitis C by providing injection drug users with clean needles. The Allegheny County Health Department last month held three public hearings on the program, during which most people expressed their support for continuing the program. The regulation, which has not yet been drafted, would have to go through a public comment period and be approved by the county council and Chief Executive Dan Onorato, health department spokesperson Guillermo Cole said, according to the Post-Gazette. County Health Director Bruce Dixon said that the health board's role would be to establish the rules under which the program operates and is held accountable, the Post-Gazette reports.
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