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The 189th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 215: Needle exchange programs; approval; report

[ Text of section effective until July 1, 2016. For text effective July 1, 2016, see below.]

  Section 215. The department of public health is hereby authorized to promulgate rules and regulations for the implementation of not more than ten pilot programs for the exchange of needles in cities and towns within the commonwealth upon nomination by the department. Local approval shall be obtained prior to implementation of each pilot program in any city or town.

  Not later than one year after the implementation of each pilot program said department shall report the results of said program and any recommendations by filing the same with the joint legislative committees on health care and public safety.

Chapter 111: Section 215. Needle exchange programs; approval; report

[ Text of section as amended by 2016, 133, Sec. 65 effective July 1, 2016. See 2016, 133, Sec. 203. For text effective until July 1, 2016, see above.]

  Section 215. The department of public health may implement needle exchange programs for the exchange of needles in cities and towns. Prior to implementation of a needle exchange program, approval shall be obtained from the board of health in the hosting city or town. The city or town shall, in a manner determined by the department, provide notice of such approval to the department.

  Not later than 1 year after the implementation of a needle exchange program, the department shall report the results of the program and any recommendations by filing the same with the senate and house chairs of the joint committee on health care financing and the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on public safety and homeland security.