On Thursday, January 26th IPHI will hold an open meeting in Richmond, VA to discuss providing support for anticipated state legislation that would legalize syringe access in Virginia.

Syringe exchange and other syringe access and harm reduction programs help curb the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C, and can serve as critical access points to health screening, drug treatment, overdose prevention, medical care and other support services for populations facing many health and safety risks. Growing attention to addiction and the surge in opioid overdose in Virginia and across the country may provide a new level of awareness that can finally enable legal support in Virginia.

The purpose of this meeting will be to identify a core group of organizations and individuals willing to assist in educating elected officials and to serve as a collective resource as we move forward toward implementation of syringe access.