Syringe Service Programs

Syringe Services Programs (SSPs), which may also be referred to as syringe exchange programs, needle exchange programs and needle-syringe programs, are community-based programs that provide FREE access to sterile needles and syringes and facilitate safe disposal of used needles and syringes. Legislation passed in June of 2017 allows for syringe service programs to operate in New Hampshire, and decriminalizes used syringes containing residual amounts of controlled substances. People who inject drugs can substantially reduce their risk of getting and transmitting HIV, viral hepatitis and other blood borne infections by using a sterile needle and syringe for every injection. SSPs are an effective component of a comprehensive, integrated approach to HIV prevention among people who inject drugs. These programs have also been associated with reduce risk for infection with hepatitis C virus. Most offer other prevention and services and provide linkage to critical services and programs. Research shows that people who inject drugs are 5 times more likely to enter treatment than those who do not utilize syringe services.