Charting the Syringe Access Landscape in 2009. Daniel Raymond Policy Director Harm Reduction Coalition www.harmreduction.org [email protected] (212) 213-6376 x29. Current Federal Policy. Blanket prohibition on use of federal funds to distribute syringes since 1988
Blanket prohibition on use of federal funds to distribute syringes since 1988
Last major campaign to lift the federal funding ban failed in 1998
Other models outside of U.S. include vending machines, supervised injection facilities
New York State since 2001:
SEC. 505. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, no funds appropriated in this Act shall be used to carry out any program of distributing sterile needles or syringes for the hypodermic injection of any illegal drug.
“Notwithstanding any other provision of law, nothing shall prohibit the use of Federal funds to establish or carry out a program of distributing sterile syringes to reduce the transmission of bloodborne pathogens, including the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and viral hepatitis.”