After 21 years, federal funding can finally be used to support syringe exchange. This was a long-fought and hard won battle, and the deepest gratitude goes out to all who have continued to do the work no matter what!
Here are photos from a Syringe Access Victory Celebration & Awards Cermony on May 19, World Hepatitis Day.
The following links are a few articles of note on the policy change.
Public health advocates held an understandably muted celebration
when President Obama signed a bill repealing a 21-year-old ban on
federal financing for programs that supply clean needles to drug
addicts. The bill brought an end to a long and bitter
struggle between the public health establishment — which knew from the
beginning that the ban would cost lives — and ideologues in Congress
who had closed their eyes to studies showing that making clean needles
available to addicts slowed the rate of infection from H.I.V., the
virus that causes AIDS, without increasing drug use.