Full Assembly to vote on pair of controversial bills

A state Assembly committee voted Thursday to allow the full Assembly to vote on a pair of controversial bills.

The bills will affect IV drug users. One bill would create needle exchange programs and the other would allow over-the-counter sales of syringes without prescriptions.

Those against the bills feel that by passing them the government is sending out a terrible message to children. However, State Department of Health Chief Clifton Lacy disagrees, citing several government-funded studies. Dr. Lacy feels needle exchange programs do not increase drug use among current users and do not attract new people to drug use.

The two measures will now move to full Assembly for consideration.

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