By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
The State Senate Health Committee narrowly approved a bill establishing a pilot program to provide intravenous drug users with free needles and syringes in an effort to limit the spread of hepatitis and prevent an outbreak of HIV among the growing drug user community.
Senate Bill 169 was sponsored by Senator Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro.
The pilot program would be administered by the Department of Public Health and local health authorities. SB169 would also offer some limited criminal immunity to participants in the program.