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Thanks to your advocacy, the ban on federal funding for syringe access was lifted!
Under the Consolidated Appropriation Act of 2016, federal law permits use of funds from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to support syringe access - with the exception that funds may not be used to purchase syringes or cookers. In order to use DHHS funds for this purpose, health departments must first consult with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and provide evidence that their jurisdiction is experiencing or at risk for significant increases in hepatitis infections or an HIV outbreak due to injection drug use. Thirty states and 7 jurisdictions received a Determination of Need Justification from the CDC as of December 12, 2017, but few have secured federal funding to support syringe service programs.
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