Make needle exchange programs be licensed, follow rules, stop needle litter with SB 334.

Make needle exchange programs be licensed, follow rules, stop needle litter with SB 334.

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Ashley Switzer started this petition to WV Legislature & Charleston City Council

       Did you know there are currently no laws in place requiring a license or any rules in place to operate a needle exchange in WV? Help ensure quality harm reduction programs in WV that truly link patients to treatment and keep public safety as a whole in mind. Sign on and support West Virginia Senate Bill 334.
      Needle exchange programs as part of harm reduction can be a valuable tool to help reduce the spread of diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C tied to IV drug use.  They can also help lead people to care and treatment when paired with medical care and counseling urging those afflicted with substance use disorder to enter into recovery. 
     The reality is that left unchecked these programs can lead to excessive needle litter, increased crime, vagrancy and most importantly, failure to promote recovery by focusing only on needle distribution.  This is a disservice to the one suffering from the disease of addiction and to the public at large. 
    Please sign on your support for legislation (WV senate Bill 334) that requires: (1) licensure for all needle exchange programs, (2)approval by the local county commission to operate a needle exchange, (3) requires programs to offer birth control to help prevent babies being born into addiction,  (4) makes a one for one exchange (i.e.  must return a dirty needle to get a clean one) the required goal for all programs, (5) requires programs to put a tag on needles so they can easily be identified, (6) requires programs to offer treatment at every visit. (7) requires a WV ID for participants (8) let’s the county Sherriff close a program deemed to be dangerous and (9) stops any program currently operating that’s not following the guidelines until they can get in compliance and apply. 
    Let your elected officials know you support SB 334  by signing on and sharing this petition.  We only want licensed, quality, treatment-oriented needle exchange programs that not only help prevent disease in IV drug users but also keeps the overall health and safety of West Virginia communities protected.

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