Thursday, February 11, 2016
Current Weather
Loading Current Weather....
Published: Sunday, 4/6/2014


Syringe exchange bill needs support

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department is acutely aware of the marked increase in heroin availability and addiction in our community (“Act now on opioids,” editorial, March 29). The Blade has published a number of articles, editorials, and op-ed columns in this regard.

Although our community is pursuing a more unified approach to this problem, we still see more overdoses and increases in discarded syringes in our streets. Syringe exchange programs (SEPs) are a well-researched approach that reduces these problems.

Syringe exchanges connect injection drug users to professionals who provide overdose education, help users get into treatment, and collect used syringes so they don’t end up on the street. Research has shown that SEPs do not increase drug use, or cause people to start injecting drugs.

A SEP authorization bill has passed the Ohio House with bipartisan support and is before the Ohio Senate. The health department urges state senators to approve the syringe exchange bill as soon as possible.


Commissioner Toledo-Lucas County Health Department North Erie Street

Recommended for You

Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. If a comment violates these standards or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report abuse. To post comments, you must be a Facebook member. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.

Related stories