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After Veto, NJ Lawmakers Rework Needle Sale Law

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New Jersey lawmakers have tightened and adopted a law to allow pharmacies to sell hypodermic needles to people without prescriptions.

Both chambers of the Legislature acted Monday after Gov. Chris Christie conditionally vetoed the version of the bill passed last year.

Christie said Monday that he would sign the bill into law only with certain changes.

The Assembly and Senate quickly added provisions to require people to present IDs before buying needles and ordering the state to give pharmacies information about syringe disposal and drug treatment.

The intent of the bill passed last month is to make it easier for IV drug addicts to get clean needles in an effort to slow the spread of blood-borne diseases such as AIDS.

 (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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