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EXCHANGING DRUG SYRINGES
Ohio House OKs bill to allow programs for drug users to swap dirty needles for clean syringes
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 3, 2013 9:04 AM EDT
A bill passed by the Ohio House would let communities set up programs for drug users to exchange dirty needles for clean syringes.
Some conservative Republicans argue it would enable drug users instead of addressing the root problems.
The House passed the legislation Wednesday, sending it to the Senate.
A lead sponsor, Democratic Rep. Nickie Antonio of Lakewood, tells The Columbus Dispatch that 28 other states allow needle exchanges.
Under current law, needle exchanges can be created in Ohio only with a declared health emergency. Cleveland and Portsmouth have such programs.