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Harm Reduction Syringe Service Program

What is it?
A set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use.

What is a Harm Reduction Syringe Service Program (HRSSP)?
HRSSPs are community-based programs that provide access to sterile needles and syringes, safe disposal of used syringes, and other comprehensive harm reduction services.

Harm Reduction Syringe Service Program (HRSSP) Principles

  • A commitment to respecting the human rights of people who use drugs
  • A commitment to practices that are based on scientific evidence.
  • A commitment to social justice and collaborating with community partners
  • A commitment to reducing the impact of stigma related to drug use
  • A commitment to encourage participant involvement on the path to recovery

What can a HRSSP do?

  • Infectious disease testing (HIV and Hepatitis C)
  • Referral for other clinical services such as STD testing
  • Referral to substance use treatment
  • Referral to medical care, mental health services, and other support services
  • Referral to community agencies to assist with basic needs (e.g. food and shelter)
  • Vaccines for diseases like Hepatitis A
  • Access to Narcan

Lincoln Trail District Health Department currently operates two HRSSPs:
Nelson County HRSSP
Nelson County Health Center
325 S. Third St., Bardstown, KY 40004
Phone:  502-348-3222
Hours of Operation:  Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm

Marion County HRSSP
Marion County Health Center
516 N. Spalding Ave., Lebanon, KY 40033
Phone:  270-692-3393
Hours of Operation:  Wednesdays from 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm

*Resource of  “Kentucky Harm Reduction and Syringe Exchange Program (HRSEP) Guidelines for Local Health Departments Implementing Needle Exchange Programs”

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