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Pharmacists, Injection Drug Users, and Syringe Access


Pharmacists are the health professionals with just the right mix of professional knowledge and accessibility when it comes to providing sterile syringes to people who inject illicit drugs, according to many members of the public health community. In recently published articles and a special supplement to the Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association, researchers and opinion leaders maintained that pharmacists should be allowed to voluntarily and legally sell sterile syringes to injection drug users (IDUs) as a means of decreasing the spread of HIV and other blood-borne pathogens. These groups also call on pharmacy boards and professional organizations to inform pharmacists that selling syringes to IDUs is an acceptable professional practice.


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