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What is a Syringe Services Program?

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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, facilitating safe disposal of used needles and syringes. Additionally they provide comprehensive harm reduction services such as:

  • Sterile needles, syringes, and injection equipment

  • Safe disposal containers for needles and syringes

  • HIV and hepatitis testing and linkage to treatment

  • Overdose prevention education and how to use Naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose

  • Referral to substance use disorder treatment, including medication- assisted treatment

  • Referral to medical, mental health, and social services

  • Tools to prevent HIV, STDs, and hepatitis including counseling, condoms, and vaccinations

To request syringe services contact: 978-743-9636

For SSANA program information contact: 603-816-0595

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.

What is SSANA?

Syringe Service Alliance of the Nashua Area (SSANA) is a syringe services program (SSP) that services the Greater Nashua Region. It is a community-based public health program that provides comprehensive harm reduction services, benefitting its communities served through the reduction of:

  • New HIV and viral hepatitis infections by decreasing the sharing of syringes and other injection equipment

  • Drug use and increase entry into Substance Use Disorder treatment

  • Needlestick injuries among first responders and the public

  • Overdose deaths by teaching people who inject drugs (PWID) how to prevent and respond to drug overdose

For SSANA program information contact: 603-816-0595

To request syringe services contact: 978-743-9636

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