This issue brief explores syringe services programs (SSPs) and how they can improve public health. The paper describes the benefits of SSPs such as reduced rates of HIV and hepatitis C infections among people who use drugs, increases in SSP participants engagement in substance use disorder treatment, and the lack of relationship between SSP programs and increased criminal activity. The report also explores the policy landscape for SSP programs in the states and provides options for state policy makers interested in creating SSP programs including advice on creating SSP authorization legislation, suggested changes to drug paraphernalia laws, suggestions for funding SSPs, and describes strategies for using SSPs to facilitate participant engagement in treatment.
Funding Source: Pew Charitable Trusts
Syringe Distribution Programs Can Improve Public Health During the Opioid Overdose Crisis
An issue brief that explores syringe services programs (SSPs) and how they can improve public health from The Pew Charitable Trusts