The Mercer County Health Department’s Harm Reduction Syringe Exchange Program (HRSEP)
Harm Reduction Syringe Exchange Program (HRSEP) has been modeled after successful programs in Kentucky and according to guidance provided by the Kentucky Department for Public Health as well as by Senate Bill 192 as enacted by the Kentucky General Assembly in 2015.
The program is open to anyone who uses injection drugs.
Exchange of syringes and rapid HIV testing will be provided anonymously. Other services like repeat HIV testing, testing for Hep C, STD’s and pregnancy, as well as immunizations, must be done confidentially.
Syringes and anonymous HIV testing will be provided free of charge. Clinical services beyond the exchange of syringes and the rapid HIV test may be billed per regular sliding scale fee or to a third party if participant is enrolled. No participant will be turned away for inability to pay.
All participants are required to agree to a list of Participants Rights and Responsibilities. Items covered by this list include safe disposal of contaminated equipment, and refraining from drug use on Health Department property. Violations can result in dismissal from the program.
Public Health Nurses, with training in blood-borne diseases, STD’s etc., will provide anonymous services and confidential services according to protocols approved by the Kentucky Department for Public Health.