/ Modified feb 28, 2020 3:27 p.m.

Push to decriminalize clean needle exchanges in Arizona back in legislature

A discussion with Arizona Republic health reporter Stephanie Innes.

For a third time, a state lawmaker from Peoria has introduced a bill that would decriminalize clean needle exchanges in Arizona. Arizona Republic reporter Stephanie Innes is tracking the legislation and discussed the issue with Lorraine Rivera.

“If you actually sit down and talk to the people who run the programs, one of the reasons they call it syringe services is because you’re not just getting clean needles there,” Innes said. “You’re getting tested for HIV and Hep C, you get referrals to treatment for addiction if you want it.”

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