Thursday, January 15, 2009

HRO calls syringe exchange key issue for the 81st legislature

The Texas House Research Organization (HRO) identifies the biggest issues facing the Texas legislature before each session starts. The HRO calls needle-exchange one of the most important health and human services issues facing the legislature in 2009 (see page 11):

Lawmakers in 2007 approved a pilot needle- exchange program in Bexar County that was not implemented after an attorney general’s opinion indicated program participants could be subject to prosecution under drug paraphernalia laws. Lawmakers again may debate whether to permit anonymous needle exchange programs as a part of a disease prevention program as well as discuss the legal protections that should be afforded to program participants.
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