Why North Carolina Needs Syringe Decriminalization
It’s time for North Carolina to do something about its heroin problem. Over the past 6 years, state heroin use rates have more than tripled. More heroin means more injection drug use. More injection drug use means more syringes that could harm children, police officers and the community by transmitting viruses such as HIV and hepatitis B and C. Regardless of whether you choose to use drugs, what happens to those syringes affects all of us. To protect the health and safety of North Carolinians, the state needs to decriminalize syringes. Syringe decriminalization, or removing syringes from the list of items considered drug paraphernalia, lowers the incidence of accidental needle-stick injury to law enforcement and the public, decreases the transmission of blood borne viruses, and allows for safe disposal of used syringes.