-HB850 (2013) Possession of Needles/ Tell Law Officer, effective December 1, 2013, states that if a person alerts an officer to the fact that he/she has a hypodermic needle or other sharp object on her person, premises or vehicle prior to a search he/she cannot be charged or prosecuted with possession of drug paraphernalia for that object. The purpose of this law is to protect officers from punctures or wounds from sharp objects that could be potentially contaminated with HIV or hepatitis C and to encourage suspects to be honest with officers about paraphernalia they may have in their possession.


-HB 712 (2015) Possession of Needles/Tell Law Officer law, effective December 1, 2015, states that anyone who declares a syringe or other sharp object to law enforcement prior to a search cannot be charged for that object. 

On October 22nd, 2015, NC Governor McCrory signed the Pilot Project/Used Needle Disposal bill into law. This new law does two things.

  • First, it states that anyone who declares a syringe or sharp object to a law enforcement officer prior to search cannot be charged for possession of the object or for any drug residue inside the object. 

  • Second, HB 712 authorizes 2-4 NC counties to establish pilot programs to collect and safely dispose of used syringes in their communities. NCHRC will start these pilot programs on December 1, 2015 in Cumberland, Guilford and Haywood counties with possible programs in other counties in 2016.