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Medical News & Perspectives
September 13, 2000

Prescribing Sterile Needles Is Not Only Beneficial but (Mostly) Legal

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JAMA. 2000;284(10):1229. doi:10.1001/jama.284.10.1229

Washington—Physicians need not be afraid to prescribe sterile needles for drug addicts—unless they practice in Delaware or Kansas. It's legal and they are encouraged to do it, since there is clear evidence from many studies that access to clean needles reduces the risk of transmitting HIV infection and hepatitis. Moreover, the encounter provides an opportunity for counseling and for treating other medical conditions.

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