Bill allowing Idaho needle exchange programs signed into law

Posted at 4:28 PM, Mar 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-29 11:38:10-04

BOISE, Idaho — Legislation intended to lower the risk of people being inadvertently jabbed with discarded used medical needles has been signed into law by Idaho Gov. Brad Little.

Little late last week signed the legislation allowing groups to start a syringe and needle exchange program in Idaho.

Backers say such programs could reduce the risk of people coming in contact with discarded needles in alleys or streets left by illegal drug users, and also reduce the chance of illegal drug users acquiring diseases with dirty needles.

Backers also say such programs could reduce the chance of trash collectors being jabbed with used needles used by legal drug takers.

Opponents say needle exchange programs might encourage illegal drug use.

The bill passed the House 47-20 and the Senate 22-11.