A harm reduction 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.
Safer Syringe Program providers
The Idaho HIV, STD, & Hepatitis Section can support community health professionals and leaders interested in starting a safer syringe program by:
- Determining community need or readiness
- Partnering with stakeholders to support consensus building
- Providing harm reduction training and technical assistance
- Providing safer syringe program operational guidance
- Monitoring program impact on participants and the community
Contact the Idaho HIV, STD, and Hepatitis Section for more information on Idaho harm reduction trainings.