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June 5, 1996

Special Consultation on Syringe Laws Addresses Epidemics, Airs Controversy

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JAMA. 1996;275(21):1621-1622. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530450011004

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THE SETTING could not have been more appropriate for highly charged discussions about handling the dual epidemics of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and substance abuse: The Carter Center in Atlanta, Ga.

Participants in what many called a groundbreaking national Consultation on Syringe Laws and Regulations to Address the Dual Epidemics of HIV Infection and Substance Abuse did not have to look far for inspiration on conflict resolution. Down the hallway, in the Jimmy Carter Library, was an exhibit detailing the Camp David peace agreement brokered by then-President Carter.

The symbolism was not lost on Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, an organizer of the consultation and a professor of law at Georgetown University School of Law, Washington, DC, and Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, Md. "This is indeed a mini-Camp David," he noted.

Those in attendance included physicians, public health experts, pharmacists, legislators, law enforcement officials, and