For over 20 years, advocates for syringe access services have fought to have the federal funding ban on syringe access services lifted. Despite a brief reprieve between 2009 and 2011, the ban IS back in place and the struggle continues.
The following materials can be used in your efforts to fight the ban. There are also archived materials from past struggles.
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Lobbying Packet and Materials 2012
- Talking Points for Syringe Exchange Meetings
- One page fact sheet on Syringe Exchange Programs
- Federal Funding for Syringe Services Programs: Saving Money, Promoting Public Safety, and Improving Public Health (amfAR)
- Map of SEPs in the US (amfAR)
- Federal Funding and Syringe Exchange Programs Background Document
- Recent press on the ban on syringe exchange
- Examples of state-specific materials
Archived Materials from Past Campaigns
While many of these resources may need to be updated to reflect the current struggle, we believe that they hold historical reference and lessons to carry the current fight against the ban forward.
Basic Citizen Lobbying Packet, 2008 – Complete 8 page print-out includes one page basic fact sheet on federal ban; syringe exchange medical & scientific supporters; the science behind syringe exchange, and recent press on the need to lift the federal ban. This packet provides a good model for future legislative advocacy. Create a similar packet to bring to your representatives.
Fact sheet on Federal Ban – A dense all-in-one double-sided fact sheet
Federal ban talking points – For use when conducting meetings and gathering general support for the campaign.
Talking points for fiscal conservatives – Created by Drug Policy Alliance
Letter from Rep Serrano on CAHP Act, January 2009 – Letter from Rep Serrano seeking co-sponsors
Sign-on letter to President Obama, February 2009 – Request letter to the President to call upon Congress to lift the federal funding ban on syringe exchange
“Dear Colleague” letter, June 2008 – This letter circulated by Rep Cummings (MD-D) and Rep Castle (DE-R) and received 55 sign-ons from Members of Congress asking House leadership to lift the ban. It was delivered June 18, 2008.
Talking with Your Legislator – Helpful tips for setting up and conducting meetings (from the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest)
A sign-on letter to Congress – Created for Black AIDS Awareness Day February 7, 2008