Syringe Exchange Program Ban Reinstated

Background Information on the Reinstated Ban

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (Public Law 112-74) was signed into law on December 23, 2011. As part of the bill, the federal ban on syringe exchange programs was reestablished. Section 523 reads, “Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, no funds appropriated in this Act shall be used to carry out any program of distributing sterile syringes for the hypodermic injection of any illegal drug.This language bans federal funding for syringe exchange programs domestically. Congress also noted in an accompanying report that funds may not be used for syringe exchange in US foreign aid programs.

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