Senate Bill 689 -- Local Control of Needle Exchange Programs

February 25, 2019

Senate Bill 689 Press Conference


Senate Bill 689 will amend the California Health and Safety Code Section 121349 to allow local governments a greater say in the location of clean needle and syringe exchange programs.

Specifically, this bill restricts the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) from authorizing or re-authorizing needle and syringe exchange programs unless a city or county has approved the request.

Issue Background:

Current law defines two methods in which needle exchange programs may be authorized to operate: 1) action taken by the county board of supervisors or city council; 2) authorization granted by the CDPH.

This current process sidesteps local control, and allows the state to decree they know where to best locate these programs.



Eric Dietz, (916) 651-4037