Harm Reduction Issues


There are many reasons a person might inject drugs. It is possible to completely avoid or reduce injection-related health risks if someone has a sterile syringe and proper equipment for every injection.

Syringe service programs (SSPs) distribute sterile syringes, safer drug use supplies, and education to people who inject drugs. These harm reduction programs are proven to reduce HIV and HCV infection rates by about 50%.

Person with a walker, passing in the front of the 6th street needle exchange
Credit: Holly Bradford

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Explore our resource library for practical resources to promote the health and dignity of people affected by drug use. You’ll find up-to-date fact sheets, webinars, manuals, training guides, and more.

Why Syringe Service Programs

What does syringe access look like in your community? Learn more about the benefits of SSPs and where they are across the country.

Syringe service programs work – but you don’t have to take our word for it. We rely on the Centers for Disease Control for the most up to date information about the efficacy of SSPs.

Know the facts

Need sterile syringes? The North American Syringe Exchange Network (NASEN) has a nationwide directory of SSPs.

Find a program near you

Get sterile syringes to people who need them

There are over 400 SSPs in the U.S, but many areas still don’t have access. Starting a syringe service program is one way to support the health of people in your community who use drugs.

Find more guidance on how to start a harm reduction program.

Advocating for syringe access?

Access to sterile syringes has increased significantly in recent years, but the journey isn’t over. See how far we’ve come and how far we have left to go.

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