- Associated Press - Saturday, March 26, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - As New Hampshire lawmakers decide whether to allow needle exchange programs, some of the biggest debate has been over how to handle the smallest amounts of drugs.

Under current law, possessing a syringe containing any amount of heroin or other controlled drug is a felony. But faced with the state’s growing drug crisis, the Legislature is considering a bill that would allow needle exchange programs and decriminalize residual amounts of drugs in syringes.

The first part is not unusual; more than 30 states have needle exchange programs. But the second provision is less common. Temple Law School professor Scott Burris says only five other states - New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Kentucky and Nevada - explicitly exempt trace amounts of drugs from their controlled drug laws.

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