Peter Simpson runs Harm Reduction Services, a syringe exchange program in the city of Sacramento. He says this fiscal year, they'll give out 140,000 needles to drug users.
SIMPSON: "They're either meth users, using crank or methamphetamine which is a stimulant, or they're heroine using which is a narcotic."
Studies show needle exchange programs are effective in reducing HIV transmission.
SKINNER: "This enabled the state department of public health to initiate where it might not have been initiated otherwise."
The bill was opposed by statewide law enforcement groups and cities. A faith-based coalition said it will have a negative impact on neighborhoods.
The Sacramento program has a drop in center, but also goes out to homeless encampments and trailer parks.
SIMPSON: "The best approach in dealing with someone who is a drug user is to try to assist them in being healthier and doing better along the lines of what they think is possible."