Syringe Service Programs

What do syringe service programs look like?

All SSPs look different depending on the state; however, a comprehensive SSP typically provides the following services:

  • Exchange or garner access to sterile hypodermic devices and supplemental works (i.e. cookers, cottons, tourniquets)
  • Provide a place to dispose of needles and hand out sharps containers
  • Provide education on safer injection practices and healthcare
  • Hand out alcohol swabs to prevent abscesses and other bacterial infections
  • Counseling and HIV/HCV/TB testing
  • Condom distribution and education on safer sex practices
  • Referrals to mental health, treatment and health care providers
  • Overdose prevention and distribution of Naloxone

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