Office of National Drug Control Policy

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Inform Public Health Systems on Implementation of Needle Exchange Programs
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On December 16, 2009, President Obama signed into law an end to the longstanding ban on most Federal funding for needle exchange programs.

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In partnership with the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, ONDCP will issue policy guidance to States, tribes, and communities on how to implement needle exchange programs in the context of comprehensive, recovery-oriented public health systems that also offer intravenous drug users treatment for addiction, other medical care, and testing for HIV and hepatitis B and C. HHS will coordinate efforts related to needle exchange programs among those HHS agencies affected by the lifting of the ban. CDC also will provide programmatic guidance, technical assistance, and training to its funded grantees.

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