PRESS RELEASE: Idaho Gov. Brad Little Signs Bill Repealing Syringe and Needle Exchange Act

March 22, 2024


BOISE, IDAHO – Governor Brad Little has signed House Bill 617 into law, repealing the statewide syringe and needle exchange program that currently provides taxpayer-funded needles to illicit drug users.

Idaho Family Policy Center has actively supported this bill throughout the legislative process.

According to statewide public opinion polling commissioned by Idaho Family Policy Center, more than 65% of likely Idaho voters oppose taxpayer-funded needle exchange programs.


A statement from Blaine Conzatti, President of Idaho Family Policy Center:

Progressives argue that these needle exchange programs provide the best solution to helping drug addicts avoid bloodborne illness transmission.

But instead of rescuing our friends, family, and neighbors from bondage and addiction, needle exchange programs supply clean needles so they can continue abusing drugs “safely.” Put simply, these programs subsidize addiction. 

The Bible is very clear: We are called to love our neighbor as ourselves. True love is taking the time to pour into those facing addiction by showing them the life-transforming power and love of Jesus Christ, not handing them over to their vices.


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