Legislation and Policy
Many leading injury and violence prevention agencies in North Carolina set legislative and policy action agendas to advance their goals of protecting North Carolinians. Below you will find legislative and policy agendas related to the focus areas of Injury-Free NC.
The Child Fatality Task Force (CFTF) is a legislative study commission that examines the causes of child death and makes recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly on how to reduce child death, prevent abuse and neglect, and support the safety and well-being of children. They come together to examine data, hear from experts, and discuss issues to formulate recommendations. The 2019 Action Agenda was constructed by leaders in the field, lawmakers, and experts in child health and safety.
From the NCCADV website: “The 2015 and 2016 state budget passed with no cuts to domestic violence program funding. The Coalition, member programs, and our allies will continue to advocate strongly with legislative leaders, committee chairs, and members to protect full funding for domestic violence programs and push for needed increases to meet the demand in the 2017-18 state budget.”
As of July 2016, North Carolina allows for the legal establishment of syringe exchange programs (GS 90-113.27). Syringe exchange programs distribute sterile syringes and other injection supplies and provide secure disposal of used syringes to reduce sharing, reuse, and injury. Increasing syringe exchange access is an element of North Carolina’s Opioid Action Plan to address the overdose crisis. Read more about the laws that cover syringe exchange programs.