With Rising Overdoses, A Push For Needle Service Programs - Roll Call

With Rising Overdoses, A Push For Needle Service Programs – Roll Call

Since then, spending laws have changed the scope of the ban, but the ban remains largely intact.

Public perception shifted somewhat after Scott County, Indiana experienced a large-scale HIV and hepatitis epidemic in 2015 caused primarily by injection drugs. Then-Governor. Mike Pence has opposed needle service programs, leading experts to criticize his wait to allow a state-supervised program as a driver for additional cases.

“When that happened, it kind of caught people’s attention, and they kind of realized that certain service programs are a critical part of prevention, HIV and hepatitis prevention. “said Emily McCloskey Schreiber, Senior Director of Political and Legislative Affairs at the National Alliance. state and territorial AIDS directors.

As a result of this outbreak, the fiscal year 2016 omnibus developed a provision specifying that a state or local health department may seek an exemption from the CDC if its jurisdiction is experiencing or at high risk of an outbreak of hepatitis or HIV infections due to intravenous injections. drug use. Services with an exemption could use the funds to pay for staff, testing supplies, naloxone or other needle-free supplies.

Brandon Marshall, professor of epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health, said 44 states currently have jurisdictions eligible for CDC guidelines, underscoring the need for nationwide policy.

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