HB 92 – Syringe Exchange Programs (2013-2014)
Link to Bill:http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=130_HB_92
This bill authorizes local boards of health to establish syringe exchanges. These exchanges provide and dispose of syringes, encourage appropriate treatment, and provide information to protect the user and those in their lives from blood borne pathogens like hepatitis C and HIV. Syringe exchange programs issue wallet certificates to users who are participants in the program, and employees, volunteers, and participants in the program within 1,000 feet of a program facility are immune from certain drug law provisions.
Primary Sponsors:Rep. Antonio (D), Rep. Sears (R)
Secondary Sponsors:Rep. Ashford (D), Rep. Barnes (D), Rep. Bishoff (D), Rep. Boyd (D), Rep. Brown (R), Rep. Celebrezze (D), Rep. Driehaus (D), Rep. Fedor (D), Rep. Foley (D), Rep. Hackett (R), Rep. Johnson (R), Rep. Letson (D), Rep. McGregor (R), Rep. O’Brien (D), Rep. R. Hagan (D), Rep. Ramos (D), Rep. Rogers (D), Rep. Sheehy (D), Rep. Smith (R), Rep. Sprague (R), Rep. Stinziano (D), Rep. Strahorn (D), Rep. Terhar (R), Rep. Williams (D), Rep. Winburn (D)
Committee:Health and Aging (H), Medicaid / Health / Human Services (S)
LSC Legislation Status:http://lsc.state.oh.us/coderev/hou130.nsf/House+Bill+Number/0092?OpenDocument
Our take on this bill:
The ACLU of Ohio supports syringe exchange programs, as they address important public health concerns as health concerns instead of criminal justice issues. HB 92’s initiation of these programs in Ohio is an important first step in effective and positive policy for both drug users and the general public.
Passed out of the House Health and Aging Committee 06/12/13
Passed out of the House on 10/02/13