Laws Related to Drug Paraphernalia
The information presented is not legal advice and categorizing laws in this way is subject to reviewer interpretation; it is not a comprehensive analysis of all the legal provisions that could implicate the legality of access to clean needles and syringes in a given jurisdiction. To view information for each state and the District of Columbia (DC), hover over a state on the map or view the table below.
This map provides an assessment of whether a state or DC law exists that exempts syringes and needles from the definition of drug paraphernalia. One of three categories is indicated for each jurisdiction:
Yes: State law specifically exempts syringes and needles from the definition of drug paraphernalia
Limited: State law either decriminalizes syringes and needles for participants of an authorized syringe service program and/or state law allows for a person to avoid criminal prosecution for possession of drug paraphernalia by disclosing to the arresting officer that they possess a needle/syringe or other sharp object
No: Syringes and needles are considered drug paraphernalia