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What is a needle exchange program?

Also termed syringe services programs (SSPs), needle exchange programs are community-based operations that provide access to sterile injection equipment and disposal of used injection equipment at no cost. Access to sterile needles and other injection materials has been demonstrated to be effective in preventing the spread of infectious disease (such as HIV and hepatitis viruses) amongst needle drug users. Many programs that provide needle and syringe collection, disposal, and exchange services also offer disease screening, counseling, and referrals to appropriate substance abuse treatment services.

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