Ting Bill to Prevent HIV/Hepatitis through Reforming Syringe Access
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – California pharmacists keep the choice to sell sterile syringes over the counter to adults without a prescription under legislation introduced by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, in order to prevent leading causes for the transmission of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.
“The facts are clear and undisputed,” said Ting. “Allowing adults to purchase syringes from pharmacists saves lives by preventing the spread of deadly diseases. Doctors, nurses, and pharmacists support this policy, which is why it is the law of the land in nearly every state. It’s time to make this a permanent part of California’s public health strategy.”