Harm Reduction Syringe Service Program
What is it?
A set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use.
What is a Harm Reduction Syringe Service Program (HRSSP)?
HRSSPs are community-based programs that provide access to sterile needles and syringes, safe disposal of used syringes, and other comprehensive harm reduction services.
Harm Reduction Syringe Service Program (HRSSP) Principles
A commitment to respecting the human rights of people who use drugs
A commitment to practices that are based on scientific evidence.
A commitment to social justice and collaborating with community partners
A commitment to reducing the impact of stigma related to drug use
A commitment to encourage participant involvement on the path to recovery
What can a HRSSP do?
Infectious disease testing (HIV and Hepatitis C)
Referral for other clinical services such as STD testing
Referral to substance use treatment
Referral to medical care, mental health services, and other support services
Referral to community agencies to assist with basic needs (e.g. food and shelter)
Vaccines for diseases like Hepatitis A
Access to Narcan