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Paraphernalia - Laws on Purchasing Syringes/Needles W/O Rx in the US

Discussion in 'Opiates & Opioids' started by Moving Pictures, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. Moving Pictures

    Moving Pictures Titanium Member

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    This is a list of state laws for the US regarding purchasing syringes without a prescription.

    STATE Require a prescription: YES/NO

    Alabama: No
    Alaska: Yes (Some pharmacies may sell without a RX)
    Arizona: No (Even though permitted, some pharmacies may require a RX)
    Arkansas: No
    California: No (Even though permitted, some pharmacies may require a RX)
    Colorado: No (Even though permitted, some pharmacies may require a RX)
    Connecticut: Yes (Residents may get a 10-day supply of syringes without a RX)
    Delaware: Yes
    Distric of Columbia: Yes (If you have a diabetic ID you can purchase syringes without a RX if purchased with insulin)
    Flordia: Yes/No (Some counties may require a RX for syringes; most do not)
    Georgia: No
    Hawaii: No
    Idaho: No (Photo ID may be required)
    Illinois: No (You do need a RX to purchase more than 20 syringes at one time)
    Indiana: No (You must sign a register for purchase of syringes)
    Iowa: No
    Kansas: Yes/No (most pharmacies will sell syringes if they are being purchased with insulin, regular (R) insulin does not require a RX)
    Kentucky: No
    Louisiana: No
    Maine: Yes
    Maryland: No (You must sign a register)
    Massachusetts: No
    Michigan: No
    Minnesota: No
    Mississippi: No
    Missouri: No
    Montana: No
    Nebraska: No
    Nevada: No
    New Hampshire: No
    New Jersey: Yes (The requirement for a RX may be waived with photo ID)
    New Mexico: No
    New York: No (Pharmacies can dispense up to 10 syringes at their discretion w/o Rx but you must be atleast 18 years old)
    North Carolina: No
    North Dakota: No
    Ohio: No
    Oklahoma: No/Yes (some local areas may require Rx for syringes)
    Oregon: No
    Pennsylvania: No
    Rhode Island: No
    South Carolina: No
    South Dakota: No
    Tennessee: No
    Texas: No/Yes (some regions may require Rx)
    Utah: No/Yes (Some pharmacies will require Rx for syringes and some pharmacies may refuse to sell syringes after 10 p.m. even if you have a prescription on file)
    Vermont: No
    Virginia: Yes/No
    Washington (state): No
    West Virginia: No
    Wisconsin: No
    Wyoming: No

    NOTE: These laws do not reflect individual pharmacy policy and it is at the discretion of the pharmacist who they sell syringes to. Just because it is legal to purchase syringes without a prescription in your state does not mean you can't be prosecuted for possession of drug parphernalia.

    Hope this helps someone!

    credit to http://www.isletsofhope.com/diabetes/state-law/state-prescription-laws.html
     
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  2. bananaskin

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    Source;

    [noparse]http://hawaii.gov/health/healthy-lifestyles/std-aids/reducing-harm/syringe-exchange.html#purchase[/noparse]
     
  3. kailey_elise

    kailey_elise Gold Member

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    You can get them in Massachusetts withOUT a Rx since 2007, I believe. One needs to show ID to prove they are over 18 years of age.

    ~Kailey
     
  4. Moving Pictures

    Moving Pictures Titanium Member

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  5. kailey_elise

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    Glad you found a source. :) I know personally, because I've visited many pharmacies in Massachusetts and purchased syringes. *LOL* I realize, however, that I might not be the best source. ;)

    Thanks for posting this list, by the way! I've heard, however, that there's only one state left that doesn't allow OTC sales. There were 2, but MA was one of them. Of course, I can't remember what the other state is. :rolleyes:

    I can only suggest that if someone is in one of the states that says OTC sales AREN'T legal (or even if it says you have to purchase insulin to get them) to try at a pharmacy anyway. You never know...the law could have changed recently, or you might get a really nice pharmacist! ;)

    ~Kailey
     
  6. Tantalus4200

    Tantalus4200 Silver Member

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    In NY u can purchase more then a 10 pack of points, some in the more unfavorable areas sell singles, need to be 18 though, most wont sell through a drivethru but some do
     
  7. VirtuallyEmotionless

    VirtuallyEmotionless Silver Member

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    In Pennsylvania, you can get syringes without a prescription. He's watched his brother pick up 10 packs numerous times. His brother said they do ask for ID, but according to the source below there is no age limit, nor a limit on the number of syringes that can be purchased at a time. This may vary from pharmacy to pharmacy, but it's apparently not the law.

    Here's a source to go with that. http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2009/sep/18/harm_reduction_pennsylvania_allo
     
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  8. junky4life

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    please remember it is one thing to purchase needles w/out a prescription,but,if you are not prescribed the syringe ,in some states you can be arrested/charged w/posessing a hypodermic instrument under the law. even if unused.
     
  9. celtic growler

    celtic growler Newbie

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    Amazon for Insulin Syringes, no fuss, no muss