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. 2018 Jun;15(3):276-282.
doi: 10.1007/s11904-018-0397-9.

Syringe Decriminalization Advocacy in Red States: Lessons From the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition

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Syringe Decriminalization Advocacy in Red States: Lessons From the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition

David H Cloud et al. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. .

Abstract

Purpose of review: Syringe access programs (SAPs) are cornerstone harm reduction interventions for combatting the national opioid epidemic. The goal of this paper is to describe effective advocacy strategies for enacting syringe decriminalization legislation to foster the expansion of SAPs in high-need areas amidst political opposition.

Recent findings: Decades or research shows that SAPs prevent the transmission of HIV among people who inject drugs (PWID) and are a cost-effective tool for linking PWID to medical care, health education, and social services. In the USA, state laws criminalizing distribution and possession of syringes impede the expansion of SAPs into areas where they are sorely needed. In 2016, North Carolina became the first state to legalize SAPs with a Republican super majority. This paper distills strategies for community organizations seeking to advance syringe decriminalization legislation in politically conservative states with histories of prioritizing punitive sanctions over public health responses to drug use.

Keywords: HIV; Harm reduction; North Carolina; Syringe access programs.

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