- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah legislative committee has approved a bill that would authorize needle exchange programs in the state.

The Deseret News reports (https://bit.ly/1SSL30e ) that on Tuesday the House Health and Human Services Committee unanimously voted to advance the bill with a favorable recommendation.

The bill would authorize needle exchange operations and require results of the programs be reported every two years. Supporters of the bill say needle exchange programs help curb the effects of dirty needles on people who are already struggling with addiction.

Sen. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy, who sponsored the legislation, says the bill ties in with other legislative efforts to curb opiate and heroin addiction in the state.

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Information from: Deseret News, https://www.deseretnews.com

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