AN ACT TO DIRECT THE STATE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION TO ESTABLISH AND IMPLEMENT A USED NEEDLE AND HYPODERMIC SYRINGE DISPOSAL PILOT PROGRAM.
Requires the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) to establish and implement a used needle and hypodermic syringe disposal pilot program no later than December 1, 2015, with the purpose of reducing the spread of HIV, AIDS, viral hepatitis, and other bloodborne diseases. Sets out requirements for the program, including reasonable and adequate security of disposal sites and equipment.
Directs the SBI to select two counties in which to operate the pilot program. Requires the SBI to work with local health departments and law enforcement in regards to implementation of the program.
Provides limited criminal immunity, as specified, for individuals participating in the pilot program.
Requires the SBI to to report results of the program to the chairs of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health And Human Services and the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety no later than a year after implementation of the program. Provides that the pilot program expires once the above report has been submitted.
Amends GS 90-113.22(c) concerning the possession of drug paraphernalia adding language that allows individuals to alert a law enforcement officer that they are in possession of a needle or other sharp object and not be charged for any residual amounts of a controlled substance remaining in the needle or sharp object (previously, only exempted charges for the possession of the needle or sharp object as drug paraphernalia). Effective December 1, 2015.
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