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Rajani Gudlavalleti and colleagues

San Francisco Will Be First U.S. City With Legal Injection Site to Prevent Opioid Overdoses; Others Scramble to Follow

Even as overdose deaths surge, the movement for "safe consumption" sites remains fraught with challenges.

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Syringes and Needles on the Street in San Francisco: What's Being Done?

Organizations based in San Francisco's Tenderloin and Civic Center neighborhoods have joined forces with public health authorities to increase the safe disposal of injection drug equipment in the area.

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San Diego, Calif., City Council Grants $51,000 for Needle-Exchange Program

The San Diego City Council this week approved a $51,000 grant for the Safe Point San Diego needle-exchange program (NEP) run by Family Health Centers of San Diego.

Launched in 2001 to reduce HIV and hepatitis C transmission among injecting drug user...

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New Laws Make Fresno, Calif., Needle Exchange Legal

The operators of the Fresno Needle-Exchange Program (FNEP) say newly signed legislation will help legitimize the underground group, making it easier to attract funding and expand services.

Last month, the Fresno County Board of Supervisors voted aga...

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Underground Health Care: A Fresno, Calif., Needle-Exchange Program Still Operates After County Supervisors Back Away From Legalizing It

Fresno County supervisors earlier this month voted against legalizing a syringe-exchange program that has been operating underground for 15 years. In 2008, the board publicly supported moving the SEP indoors, potentially providing one-stop mental hea...

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California: Lawmakers Debate Whether to Extend, Expand, End Syringe Sales

Over-the-counter syringe sales without a prescription will become illegal in California at the end of the year unless the Legislature takes action. The pilot program, signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2004, gives counties or cities, an...

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California: L.A. County Trails in Needle Exchange

Los Angeles County pharmacies distributed fewer than 5,000 syringes in 2007 under a state program designed to stem the spread of blood-borne diseases. In comparison, San Francisco's pharmacies, though far fewer in number, sold nearly 14,000 syringes,...

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California: Needle Exchange Ban Could Be Lifted

If approved, legislation winding through Congress that authorizes federal funding of syringe-exchange programs could eventually help local SEPs. In San Francisco, SEPs have been credited with keeping HIV incidence down among injection drug users (IDU...

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California: Open Door Clinics Drop Needle Exchange

The Open Door Community Health Centers' clinics in Arcata and Eureka this month ceased administering the needle-exchange program they have run for nearly a decade. Humboldt County is exploring its options for another way to administer the NEP, but th...

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Needle Exchange Program in Humboldt County, Calif., Forced to End; Officials Hoping for Federal Help

Health officials in Humboldt County, Calif., "will be watching closely" the debate expected to ensue over legislation introduced last week containing "a provision that would scrap the federal funding ban on needle exchange programs that has been in p...