CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia bill that would regulate needle exchange programs gained final approval in the legislature Saturday.
Critics have said more stringent requirements for the programs will constrain the number of providers who serve drug users not able to quit the habit.READ MORE: Pennsylvania Ended Extended Jobless Benefits, Unemployment Rate Falls Below 5%
Supporters say the legislation would help those addicted to opioids get connected to health care to fight addiction.READ MORE: Hundreds March Through Pittsburgh In Solidarity With Palestine
The new rules would take effect amid one of the nation’s highest spikes in HIV cases related to intravenous drug use.
The legislation requires operators to offer an array of health outreach services. Republican Gov. Jim Justice has said he backs the bill.MORE NEWS: 'A Solemn Day For A Solemn Ride': Local Police Honor Fallen Officers With Memorial Ride
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