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SB18-040: Substance Use Disorder Harm Reduction

Criminal Legal Reform | Protect Patient Health
Bill Number: SB18-040
Year: 2018
ACLU Position: Support
Sponsors: J. Singer/C. Jahn/ K. Lambert


Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Interim Study
Committee. The bill:
• Specifies that hospitals may be used as clean syringe
exchange sites (section 1);
• Provides civil immunity for participants of a clean syringe
exchange program (section 1);
• Creates a supervised injection facility pilot program in the
city and county of Denver and provides civil and criminal
immunity for the approved supervised injection facility
(sections 2 through 4);
• Allows school districts and nonpublic schools to develop a
policy by which schools are allowed to obtain a supply of
opiate antagonists and school employees are trained to
administer opiate antagonists to individuals at risk of
experiencing a drug overdose (sections 5 through 11); and
• Requires the commission on criminal and juvenile justice
to study certain topics related to sentencing for
opioid-related offenses (section 12).

Current Status:

Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/14/2018)
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs (01/10/2018)

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