ORS 475.757¹
Syringe service program as affirmative defense to unlawful possession of controlled substance

(1) As used in this section, “syringe service program” means a program that provides services including free sterile needles and syringes and safe disposal for needles and syringes.

(2) It is an affirmative defense to unlawful possession of a controlled substance under ORS 475.752 (Prohibited acts generally) to 475.980 (Affirmative defense to ORS 475.969, 475.971, 475.975 (1) and 475.976 (1)) that the person was acting in the capacity of an employee or volunteer of a syringe service program.

(3) Sterile needles and syringes and other items provided by a syringe service program may not be considered “drug paraphernalia,” as that term is defined in ORS 475.525 (Sale of drug paraphernalia prohibited). [2019 c.583 §13]

Note: 475.757 (Syringe service program as affirmative defense to unlawful possession of controlled substance) was added to and made a part of 475.752 (Prohibited acts generally) to 475.980 (Affirmative defense to ORS 475.969, 475.971, 475.975 (1) and 475.976 (1)) by legislative action but was not added to any smaller series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

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Law Review Cita­tions

51 OLR 561 (1972); 69 OLR 171 (1990)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 475—Controlled Substances; Illegal Drug Cleanup; Miscellaneous Drugs; Paraphernalia; Precursors, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors475.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 475, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano475.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent. Currency Information