Indiana’s syringe exchange programs will get “another year of certainty” after a bill extending them was sent to the governor Thursday.
State law would eliminate Indiana’s nine syringe exchange programs after July of 2021. And after the Senate killed a bill earlier this session to permanently extend them, many worried the programs were running out of time.
Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany) says that extra year is vital for programs that provide so much more than just clean needles.
“Referrals to substance use disorder treatment and mental health services, health insurance and medical care, testing for HIV, hepatitis C and STDs, naloxone and food, housing, clothing, transportation and other necessities,” Clere says.
Gov. Eric Holcomb is expected to sign the bill.