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AB-2077 Hypodermic needles and syringes.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today
As Amends the Law on Nov 18, 2020


SECTION 1.

 Section 4142 of the Business and Professions Code is repealed.

4142.
 Except as otherwise provided by this article, no hypodermic needle or syringe shall be sold at retail except upon the prescription of a physician, dentist, veterinarian, podiatrist, or naturopathic doctor pursuant to Section 3640.7.

SEC. 2.

 Section 4145.5 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

4145.5.
 (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a pharmacist or physician may, without a prescription or a permit, furnish hypodermic needles and syringes for human use, and a person may, without a prescription or license, obtain hypodermic needles and syringes from a pharmacist or physician for human use, if the person is known to the furnisher and the furnisher  furnisher  has previously been provided a prescription or other proof of a legitimate medical need requiring a hypodermic needle or syringe to administer a medicine or treatment.
(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law law,  and until January 1, 2021, 2026,  as a public health measure intended to prevent the transmission of HIV, viral hepatitis, and other bloodborne diseases among persons who use syringes and hypodermic needles, and to prevent subsequent infection of sexual partners, newborn children, or other persons, a physician or pharmacist may, without a prescription or a permit, furnish hypodermic needles and syringes for human use to a person 18 years of age or older, and a person 18 years of age or older may, without a prescription or license, obtain hypodermic needles and syringes solely for personal use from a physician or pharmacist.
(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a pharmacist, veterinarian, or person licensed pursuant to Section 4141 may, without a prescription or license, furnish hypodermic needles and syringes for use on animals, and a person may, without a prescription or license, obtain hypodermic needles and syringes from a pharmacist, veterinarian, or person licensed pursuant to Section 4141 for use on animals, providing that no needle or syringe shall be furnished to a person who is unknown to the furnisher and unable to properly establish his or her identity. animals. 
(d) A pharmacy that furnishes nonprescription hypodermic needles and syringes shall store hypodermic needles and syringes in a manner that ensures that they are available only to authorized personnel, and are not accessible to other persons.
(e) In order to provide for the safe disposal of hypodermic needles and syringes, a pharmacy or hypodermic needle and syringe exchange program that furnishes nonprescription hypodermic needles and syringes shall counsel consumers on safe disposal and provide consumers with one or more of the following disposal options:
(1) It shall establish an onsite, safe, hypodermic needle and syringe collection and disposal program that meets applicable state and federal standards for collection and disposal of medical sharps waste.
(2) It shall furnish, or make available, mail-back sharps containers authorized by the United States Postal Service that meet applicable state and federal requirements for the transport of medical sharps waste, and shall provide tracking forms to verify destruction at a certified disposal facility.
(3) It shall furnish, or make available, a sharps container that meets applicable state and federal standards for collection and disposal of medical sharps waste.
(f) Until January 1, 2021, 2026,  a pharmacy that furnishes nonprescription syringes shall provide written information or verbal counseling to consumers at the time of furnishing or sale of nonprescription hypodermic needles or syringes on how to do the following:
(1) Access drug treatment.
(2) Access testing and treatment for HIV and hepatitis C.
(3) Safely dispose of sharps waste.

SEC. 3.

 Section 4326 of the Business and Professions Code is repealed.

4326.
 (a) Any person who obtains a hypodermic needle or hypodermic syringe by a false or fraudulent representation or design or by a forged or fictitious name, or contrary to, or in violation of, any of the provisions of this chapter, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
(b) Any person who has obtained a hypodermic needle or hypodermic syringe from any person to whom a permit has been issued as provided in Article 9 (commencing with Section 4140) and who uses, or permits or causes, directly or indirectly, the hypodermic needle or hypodermic syringe to be used for any purpose other than that for which it was obtained is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or both a fine and imprisonment.

SEC. 4.

 Section 11364 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

11364.
 (a) It is unlawful to possess an opium pipe or any device, contrivance, instrument, or paraphernalia used for unlawfully injecting or smoking (1) a controlled substance specified in subdivision (b), (c), or (e) or paragraph (1) of subdivision (f) of Section 11054, specified in paragraph (14), (15), or (20) of subdivision (d) of Section 11054, specified in subdivision (b) or (c) of Section 11055, or specified in paragraph (2) of subdivision (d) of Section 11055, or (2) a controlled substance that is a narcotic drug classified in Schedule III, IV, or V.
(b) This section shall not apply to hypodermic needles or syringes that have been containerized for safe disposal in a container that meets state and federal standards for disposal of sharps waste.
(c) Until January 1, 2021, 2026,  as a public health measure intended to prevent the transmission of HIV, viral hepatitis, and other bloodborne diseases among persons who use syringes and hypodermic needles, and to prevent subsequent infection of sexual partners, newborn children, or other persons, this section shall not apply to the possession solely for personal use of hypodermic needles or syringes if acquired from a physician, pharmacist, hypodermic needle and syringe exchange program, or any other source that is authorized by law to provide sterile syringes or hypodermic needles without a prescription. syringes. 

SEC. 5.

 Section 121285 of the Health and Safety Code is repealed.

121285.
 (a) The Disease Prevention Demonstration Project, a collaboration between pharmacies and local and state health officials, is hereby authorized for the purpose of evaluating the long-term desirability of allowing licensed pharmacists to furnish or sell nonprescription hypodermic needles or syringes to prevent the spread of blood-borne pathogens, including HIV and hepatitis C.
(b) The State Department of Health Services shall evaluate the effects of allowing pharmacists to furnish or sell a limited number of hypodermic needles or syringes without prescription. The State Department of Health Services is encouraged to seek funding from private and federal sources to pay for the evaluation.
(c) The State Department of Health Services shall convene an uncompensated evaluation advisory panel comprised of all of the following: two or more specialists in the control of infectious diseases; one or more representatives of the California State Board of Pharmacy; one or more representatives of independent pharmacies; one or more representatives of chain pharmacy owners; one or more representatives of law enforcement executives, such as police chiefs and sheriffs; one or more representatives of rank and file law enforcement officers; a specialist in hazardous waste management from the State Department of Health Services; one or more representatives of the waste management industry; and one or more representatives of local health officers.
(d) In order to furnish or sell nonprescription hypodermic needles or syringes as part of the Disease Prevention Demonstration Project in a county or city that has provided authorization pursuant to Section 4145 of the Business and Professions Code, a pharmacy shall do all of the following:
(1) Register with the local health department by providing a contact name and related information, and certify that it will provide, at the time of furnishing or sale of hypodermic needles or syringes, written information or verbal counseling on all of the following:
(A) How to access drug treatment.
(B) How to access testing and treatment for HIV and hepatitis C.
(C) How to safely dispose of sharps waste.
(2) Store hypodermic needles and syringes so that they are available only to authorized personnel, and not openly available to customers.
(3) In order to provide for the safe disposal of hypodermic needles and syringes, a registered pharmacy shall provide one or more of the following options:
(A) An onsite safe hypodermic needle and syringe collection and disposal program.
(B) Furnish or make available for purchase mail-back sharps disposal containers authorized by the United States Postal Service that meet applicable state and federal requirements, and provide tracking forms to verify destruction at a certified disposal facility.
(C) Furnish or make available for purchase personal sharps disposal containers that meet state and federal standards for disposal of medical waste.
(e) Local health departments shall be responsible for all of the following:
(1) Maintaining a list of all pharmacies within the local health department’s jurisdiction that have registered under the Disease Prevention Demonstration Project.
(2) Making available to pharmacies written information that may be provided or reproduced to be provided in writing or orally by the pharmacy at the time of furnishing or the sale of nonprescription hypodermic needles or syringes, including all of the following:
(A) How to access drug treatment.
(B) How to access testing and treatment for HIV and hepatitis C.
(C) How to safely dispose of sharps waste.
(f) As used in this chapter, “sharps waste” means hypodermic needles, syringes, and lancets.