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
Hours of Operation: Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Marion County HRSSP
Marion County Health Center
516 N. Spalding Ave., Lebanon, KY 40033
Hours of Operation: Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
*Resource of “Kentucky Harm Reduction and Syringe Exchange Program (HRSEP) Guidelines for Local Health Departments Implementing Needle Exchange Programs”
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