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1 in 10

HIV diagnoses are among people who inject drugs (PWID)

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More than 50%

of PWID used a syringe services program in 2015

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1 in 4

of PWID got all of their syringes from sterile sources in 2015


Increasing rates of injection drug use have led to increased rates of infectious disease in rural areas.

  • Rural areas have fewer syringe services programs (SSPs) than urban areas.
  • Syringe services programs are effective at reducing blood borne disease.
  • Syringe services programs do not increase drug use.
  • Syringe services programs are cost effective.
  • Syringe services programs are typically the only location lay people can easily obtain naloxone.