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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: November 6, 2019 02:13 PM
From: Senator Anthony H. Williams
To: All Senate members
Subject: Expanding Access to Syringe Exchanges
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that will allow needle and syringe exchange programs to operate throughout Pennsylvania.

Syringe exchange programs are legal in nearly of half of U.S. states and are a proven harm-reduction method in combatting the spread of infectious disease. A recent study published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome estimates that Philadelphia’s syringe exchange prevented more than 10,000 HIV diagnoses in its first 10 years of operation.

As Pennsylvanians continue to deal with the impact of the opioid crisis, syringe exchange programs should be allowed to operate freely across the commonwealth. Support from the General Assembly will enable more programs to operate, improve public safety, and allow drug users to seek treatment options.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my legislative office in Harrisburg at 717-787-5970.