CA Lawmaker Wants to Give Cities More Authority Over State-Run Needle Exchange Programs

March 01, 2019 - 11:29 am

(KNX 1070) - A state lawmaker is looking to give cities more authority over state-run needle exchange programs.

After the state Department of Public Health authorized the ability to operate the programs, mobile needle exchanges began popping in local communities.

"They were concerned about the unintended consequences of now more needles being in parks and libraries," said State Senator John Moorlach.

His Bill 689 comes on the heels of a judge's ruling temporarily blocking a non-profit from operating a needle exchange in Santa Ana after Orange County officials filed suit over it.

"They found needles in library books and janitors were getting poked," he said.

Under his bill, should it be approved, non-profits would not be allowed to operate needle exchanges in city's unless there is a city resolution or ordinance authorizing the program.