What is a Safe Syringe Acccess Program?

SSA's are community-based programs that provide access to sterile needles and syringes, facilitate safe disposal of used syringes, and provide and link to other important services and programs such as:

  • Referral to substance use disorder treatment programs.
  • Screening, care, and treatment for viral hepatitis and HIV.
  • Education about overdose prevention and safer injection practices.
  • Vaccinations, including those for hepatitis A and hepatitis B.
  • Screening for sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Naloxone distribution and education.
  • Referral to social, mental health, and other medical services

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