Safer syringe programs are one approach to address substance use disorders.
Safer syringe programs are community-based prevention programs that protect people and reduce harms associated with substance use. Safer syringe programs protect people by providing safe disposal of used syringes, which protects the public safety workforce and community members from needle-stick injury. Individuals who access a safer syringe program are taking steps to reduce harms associated with substance use by using sterile syringes, getting health exams, and connecting to substance use disorder treatment providers.
Substance Use Disorders (SUD) involve the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causing clinically significant impairment including health problems, legal issues