Who Supports Lifting Legal Barriers to Needle and Syringe Access?

A number of leading organizations support the deregulation of syringe and needle laws to prevent the transmission of blood-borne diseases. The American Medical Association (AMA), the American Pharmaceutical Association (AphA), the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), and National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) recently released a joint statement encouraging state-level action to reduce the legal and regulatory barriers that currently restrict access to sterile syringes in nearly every state. http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/1808.html

On June 14, 2000, the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association approved a resolution asking that "our AMA strongly support the ability of physicians to prescribe syringes and needles to patients with injection drug addiction, and in conjunction with addiction counseling, in order to help prevent the transmission of contagious diseases." (Resolution 416, "Physician Prescription of Needles to Addicted Patients.")

For epidemiological information on the spread of drug-related AIDS, including it impact on African Americans, Latinos and women see www.dogwoodcenter.org

For general information on laws and policies governing needles and syringes, please see http://www.projectsero.org. or www.harmreduction.org/usnep/sepindex.html