Republican-Controlled States Increasingly Open to Considering Needle Exchanges

A growing number of Republican-controlled states are considering allowing needle exchanges to reduce the spread of blood-transmitted diseases among people who inject drugs, USA Today reports.

Four states with Republican-controlled legislatures and governors—Florida, Missouri, Iowa and Arizona—have introduced measures this legislative session that would permit needle exchanges in their state. The measures were all sponsored or co-sponsored by Republicans.

Georgia and Idaho, which also have Republican-controlled legislatures and governors, made needle exchanges legal this year. Currently, there are needle exchanges in 28 states and the District of Columbia.

Needle exchanges have been proven to reduce the risk of getting and transmitting HIV, viral hepatitis and other bloodborne infections through sharing needles, the article notes.

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