Laws Related to the Retail Sale of Syringes/Needles

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 allows the retail sale of syringes and needles to PWID

One of three categories is indicated for each jurisdiction:

Yes: State has a law authorizing the retail sale of syringes and needles without a prescription and no direct prohibition on sales to PWID

Potentially: State does not have a law prohibiting the retail sales of syringes and needles without a prescription nor a law prohibiting sales specifically to PWID

No: State has a law prohibiting the retail sale of syringes and needles without a prescription or they have a law prohibiting sales specifically to PWID