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Public Health Policy & Special Projects Unit


Public Health Policy

Special Projects

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County of Los Angeles
Department of Public Health
Public Health Policy
Anna Long, Ph.D., MPH
241 N. Figueroa St. Room 806
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 240-8036
Fax: (213) 975-1273
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Welcome to the Public Health Policy Web Site

PHP Logo Public Health Policy is an administrative office responsible primarily for the coordination of legislative and administrative policy efforts within the Department of Public Health. Public Health's role in legislative policy issues is twofold:
  • To review and analyze proposed legislation related to public health issues of importance in Los Angeles County and recommended legislative positions; and
  • To advocate for initiating legislation on policy issues focused on improving the public's health in Los Angeles County

Special Projects


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Nonprescription Syringe Sales through Pharmacies (NPSS)

The NPSS is a statewide program designed to reduce the spread of HIV, hepatitis C, and other blood-borne pathogens. Established in 2012, the program expand legal access to hypodermic needles and syringes for all Californian in order to reduce the sharing of contaminated injection equipment. Beginning January 1, 2012, the law allows adults 18 years of age or over to purchase and possess up to 30 syringes from pharmacies with out a prescription.

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Syringe Disposal

Every year, 8 million people across the country use more than 3 billion sharps (needles, syringes, and lancets) to manage medical conditions at home. Disposing of sharps safely is very important for preventing accidental needle-stick injuries and the transmission of blood borne diseases such as Hepatitis and HIV. Used sharps and syringes should be brought a collection center for proper disposal.  Please do not throw them in the general trash.

To locate a sharps collection site near you, please contact the Home-Generated Sharps Waste Management Program at 1 (888)CLEAN-LA or visit


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Syringe Exchange

Los Angeles County Syringe Exchange Program

Working with community partners, the Los Angeles County Syringe Exchange Program provides clean needles and syringes to intravenous drug users in exchange for used ones in an effort to reduce the sharing of contaminated needles. Additional services such as HIV/AIDS counseling, wound-care, and drug treatment referrals are available to participants through this program.

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