State Senate Okays Bill To Help Curtail Spread of AIDS

The state Senate today approved a bill authored by Democratic Senator Leland Yee of San Francisco that would allow pharmacies throughout California to sell up to 30 sterile syringes to an adult without a prescription. SB 1029 is supported by doctors, pharmacists, and AIDS prevention advocates.

California is one of only three states that still prohibits pharmacists from selling a syringe without a prescription. Most states amended their laws in light of overwhelming evidence that criminalizing access to sterile syringes led drug users to share used ones, and that sharing syringes spread HIV, hepatitis, and other blood-borne diseases that can live in a used syringe.

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