Editorials: Improve Program That Provides OTC Syringes
California should build off of a current program that allows pharmacies to sell over-the-counter needles without a prescription, according to Los Angeles Times and Oakland Tribune editorials. Two bills in the Legislature -- AB 1701, by Assembly member Wesley Chesbro (D-Santa Rosa), and SB 1029, by Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), -- would extend or alter the program, which will expire at the end of this year. "What's needed is a hybrid of the two bills," the Tribune editorial states.
- "Improving California's Clean-Needle Program" (Los Angeles Times, 7/30).
- "State Should Create Hybrid Syringe Bill" (Oakland Tribune, 7/29).