Romney: No to needle plan
BOSTON — Gov. Mitt Romney on Friday vetoed a bill that would allow for the sale of hypodermic needles without a prescription, saying it could help promote heroin use and send the wrong message to young people.
Romney said the bill, which proponents hope will stem the spread of blood-borne diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis-C, may instead have “unintended consequences.”
“We cannot in good conscience say that we should make needles more available to heroin addicts,” Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey said at a press conference. “It sends the wrong message, and it facilitates our very deadly plague of heroin abuse.”