Syringe Distribution Laws Map


Historically, state laws have created barriers that make it difficult for injection drug users (IDUs) to access sterile syringes by criminalizing distribution and possession of those syringes. These laws have likely increased the transmission/spread of blood-borne diseases like HIV/AIDS. As awareness of this public health issue has increased, many states have amended their laws. On this page you can learn more about laws that make it easier or harder for IDUs to access sterile syringes.

Use the “at a glance” pre-set queries to explore the laws quickly. You can also explore the map on your own by using the query box below. This page has been updated through August 2013. 


At A Glance
  • States in which prescription AND paraphernalia law barriers to syringe distribution are absent or reduced.

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Twenty-five states have removed or limited barriers to syringe distribution in prescription and paraphernalia laws.


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