ND legislature votes to expand needle exchange

House Bill 1163 would expand the supplies offered at North Dakota Syringe Services Programs.

House Bill 1163 passed in the North Dakota Senate 35-12 on Thursday, April 15. The bill amends the Syringe Services Program (SSP), commonly referred to as a needle exchange program, in North Dakota.

The amendment to the needle exchange program would provide supplies such as sterile disposal preparation spoons, cotton, sterile filters, alcohol wipes, sterile water, saline, tourniquets, overdose-reversing drugs, testing strips and other items recognized as supporting safe drug use, according to the bill.

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