It is legal for adults to purchase syringes without a prescription at the pharmacy.
Otherwise, text us to make an appointment! Meet us during our street outreach for "drop-in style" services, or we will bike deliver to you based on a mutually beneficial location and time.
A good first message looks like this, “I’m requesting this many of this size, please. This neighborhood is convenient to me, and I am mobile bike, bus, or car.” We are 100% volunteer run, so please text us ahead of time and give us a day or two to schedule you in.
Other programs, not us, include: NOSAP at 2-5 pm 1631 Elysian Fields Ave on FRIDAYS only. Reach them at 504-945-500 ext 211.
In 2017, the Louisiana Department of Health, the State Legislature, and the Governor addressed the law on needle exchange. On June 3, Act 40 of the Louisiana Legislature was signed into law. It broadly allows for syringe access programs when local governments give express approval.
HB 250 aka Act 40 was signed into law on June 3, 2017 and is effective immediately.
It says the State will not prohibit local governing authorities from establishing or implementing a needle exchange “within their jurisdiction,” meaning it does NOT have to be City-run, but that the City can let other agencies within their City operate a needle exchange.
HB 250 was written by the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH). LDH recently completed the CDC’s Determination of Need Jurisdiction, where they were determined to have adequately demonstrated need according to federal law.
Under the Consolidated Appropriation Act of 2016, federal law permits use of funds from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to support syringe service programs with the exception that funds may not be used to purchase syringes or cookers. In order to use DHHS funds for this purpose, health departments must first consult with CDC and provide evidence that their jurisdiction is experiencing or at risk for significant increases in hepatitis infections or an HIV outbreak due to injection drug use.
Municipal code Sec. 102-115. - Exceptions. [refers to Chapter 102 - OFFENSES AND MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS] was amended to clearly authorize syringe access in New Orleans in 2018
Louisiana Department of Health is currently developing policies and procedures for syringe access programs