AIDS Treatment News logo      

October 2, 2010

Schwarzenegger splits the baby on syringe sales

San Jose Mercury News: "Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would have let pharmacies all over California sell sterile syringes to an adult without a prescription, something health experts called a key protection against the spread of HIV, hepatitis and other blood-borne diseases. ...

"SB 1029's supporters included anti-AIDS groups, the American Civil Liberties Union, California Hepatitis Alliance, California Nurses Association, California Psychiatric Association, California Retailers Association, County Alcohol & Drug Program Administrators, Drug Policy Alliance Network, California Medical Association, California Pharmacists Association and Health Officers Association of California. It was opposed by the California Narcotic Officers' Association -- which also opposed Chesbro's bill -- as well as the California Peace Officers' Association, California Police Chiefs Association and the League of California Cities."