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Syringe Access & Law Enforcement

Building Alliances

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Description:

Syringe access is a vital intervention to prevent HIV and hepatitis C infections among people who inject drugs. Fear of poor interactions with law enforcement is one of the most significant barriers for drug users in accessing syringe services, carrying sufficient sterile syringes to meet their injecting needs, and returning used syringes to appropriate disposal facilities.

This interactive workshop will explore these issues from the multiple perspectives of people who inject drugs, service providers, and law enforcement. We will also discuss how to support participants in successfully advocating for themselves when approached by police officers, and how we can build collaborative relationships with law enforcement.

This training is for service providers that work with people who inject drugs, and covers strategies and resources to improve relationships with law enforcement and to build general community support for syringe access services.

 Objectives:
  • Illustrated the interaction Syringe Access Programs (SAPs) and law enforcement experience around syringe access and injecting drug users
  • Explored SAP and law enforcement perspectives that drive strained interactions
  • Acquired the data supporting and laws regulating syringe access services
  • Identified “best practices” for improving interactions between SAPS and law enforcement
  • Discovered and demonstrated existing and new strategies for improving and/or building a working relationship between law enforcement and SAPs
  • Able to articulate a succinct fact-supported case for syringe access to a variety of audiences
  • Apply strategies to improve interactions between program, clients and law enforcement
Curriculum Materials:

Facilitator’s Guide

Training Curriculum

Participant’s Guide

PowerPoint: This version is tailored for NYS and is current as of April 2012. The “Know your Facts” quiz will need to adjusted depending on legislation/regulations regarding syringe access in your jurisdiction.

Videos for training:

Syringe Access & Law Enforcement: Working Models Training material (1)

 Syringe Access & Law Enforcement: Working Models Training material (2)

 

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