needle exchange

Needle Exchange Program Passes Committee

Jan 24, 2018

New legislation expanding a needle-exchange program moved through both the Florida House and Senate today. 

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As opioid abuse rises across the state some lawmakers are pushing to clear the way for more needle exchange programs.  Many physicians whole-heartedly support the strategy as a way to reduce the harm of drug abuse.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed off on a needle exchange pilot program in Miami-Dade County.  Advocates believe it’s the best way to counter a wave of new HIV infections.

Governor Scott flanked by House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (left) Senate President Andy Gardiner (right) and Senate Minority Leader Arthenia Joyner (far right).
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Time is running out for Florida Gov. Rick Scott to have his say on a number of bills.  If Scott does nothing the legislation becomes law.

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There are about 200 bills waiting for Florida Governor Rick Scott’s approval or veto.  Lawmakers passed a number of measures close to their hearts, but they missed out on some proposals as well.

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There’s just one hurdle left for a Miami-Dade needle exchange program.  The long-awaited pilot passed the House Wednesday.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Shalimar)
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The House Health and Human services committee sent two measures to the floor that would’ve been unthinkable just a few years ago.  The full House will now consider a needle exchange pilot program and a new medical marijuana proposal.

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After years of trying, lawmakers are finding success with a plan to create a needle exchange pilot program in Miami Dade County.

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A needle exchange program some lawmakers have been trying to get off the ground for years is moving in the House. 

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It’s happening slowly, but the Legislature’s posture toward illicit drugs is shifting.  But even as lawmakers revisit long-standing attitudes, supporters face significant hurdles in their effort to reinvent Florida policy.

Florida Lawmaker Pushes For Needle Exchange

Oct 23, 2015

The Obama Administration has a new plan to combat the abuse of heroin and prescription drugs. The president is calling for a shift away from incarceration, and towards prevention, and a Florida Democratic Representative is working on just that: a needle exchange program.

Rep. Katie Edwards (D-Plantation) is moving forward with a needle exchange pilot program.
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A Broward County lawmaker’s plans for a needle exchange program are gaining traction. The House Health Quality Subcommittee approved Representative Katie Edwards’ plan Tuesday for a pilot program at the University of Miami.

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Rep. Katie Edwards is hoping the fourth time’s the charm for a needle exchange pilot program in south Florida.  The Sunrise Democrat is sponsoring the measure in next year’s legislative session.