SB188 doesn't mandate or fund any program - it simply gives local urban areas another option for life-saving disease prevention. The bill will save millions of state and local tax dollars, save first responders and other innocent victims' lives, and save lives within the main affected community. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the programs do not increase drug use but do increase the use of drug treatment.
- allow local entities to authorize a privately-funded or local tax-funded program in their area,
- offer education and a path to treatment and recovery to every client of the program,
- require programs to exchange a dirty syringe for every safe and clean one they provide,
- require monitoring and reporting of each program so we know they are effective, and
- only apply to counties with over 300,000 residents.