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West Virginia syringe exchange law in effect as judge dissolves injunction

By Taylor Stuck, The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A federal judge has dissolved a temporary injunction against implementation of the new West Virginia syringe exchange law and denied a request for a permanent injunction.

U.S. District Court for Southern West Virginia Judge Robert Chambers issued his decision Thursday, a week after hearing arguments in his Huntington courtroom as to why the temporary injunction should extend throughout trial.

The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia filed a lawsuit this month on behalf of Milan Puskar Health Right, a clinic running harm reduction services, including a syringe program, in Morgantown; Lawson Koeppel, president of the Virginia Harm Reduction Coalition, according to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office; Alina Lemire; and Carrie Ware.

Senate Bill 334 established a licensure program for harm reduction programs operating syringe exchanges. Programs must offer a full array of harm reduction services. SB 334 includes restrictions that go against Centers for Disease Control and Prevention standards, such as a model in which for every syringe returned, the person is given a new syringe, and requiring syringes be unique to the program…

To read more: https://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/syringe-exchange-law-in-effect-as-judge-dissolves-injunction/article_773ef03d-029f-5858-aa77-bfb0b212fa01.html

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