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Needle Exchanges Prevent Disease

William Martin

| Texas
Needle Exchanges Prevent Disease.

The Texas House of Representatives is considering a bill that would legalize syringe exchange programs (SEPs) as a means of reducing the transmission of infectious and communicable diseases among people who inject drugs. On April 25, William Martin, director of the Drug Policy Program, appeared before the Texas House Committee on Public Health to testify in support of the bill (HB 3256).

Martin also authored an op-ed in TribTalk supporting the establishment of SEPs, available here:

The testimony and op-ed are related to Martin's previously published issue brief titled "Syringe Exchange: Sound Science, Proven Policy."



Watch a video of Martin's testimony below: