About Safer Syringe Programs for Providers

A harm reduction approach to address substance use disorders.

About Safer Syringe Programs

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 Us
Idaho HIV, STD, & Hepatitis Section

Contact the Idaho HIV, STD, and Hepatitis Section for more information onĀ Idaho harm reduction trainings.

Idaho guidance

A list of considerations prior to starting a safer syringe program.
A resource to help interpret the law and provide recommendations for organizations operating a safer syringe program.