On February 23, 2017 Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed a set of bills that aim to stem Virginia’s growing opioid epidemic. One of the bills signed into law, HB2317, allows local departments of health to administer harm reduction and syringe access programs in parts of the state with very high rates of HIV and Hepatitis C.
IPHI advocated for syringe access programs and played a role by convening advocates, keeping everyone up to date, and pushing for involvement at key times.
To read more about Virginia’s set of harm reduction bills read Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s press release here.