DBQ County Atty. Says He Won’t Prosecute Group that Aids Drug Users

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – The top prosecutor in Dubuque County says he has no immediate plans to file charges against a group that’s been violating state law by distributing sterile needles to intravenous drug users.

The group Dubuque Harm Reduction has been open about its activities, sending a letter to county supervisors earlier this month that detailed the group’s services and included an offer to be a resource to the county.

The nonprofit provides medical-grade clean injection supplies and offers HIV and hepatitis C testing, wound care kits and fentanyl-testing strips.  A bill legalizing such services in Iowa failed to advance during the recent legislative session.

The prosecutor, County Attorney C.J. May III, says it’s obvious there’s a public health issue involved.