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ASyringe Service Program is a community-based public health program for people who use drugs by injection. The program provides comprehensive harm reduction services such as providing participants with sterile syringes and clean injection equipment.
Syringe service programs help to ensure that syringes and needles are disposed of safely therefore reducing the number of discarded syringes in our playgrounds, parks, and community gathering spaces.
WHY HAVE A SYRINGE SERVICE PROGRAM?
Communities with syringe service programs have a reduction in the number of improperly discarded used syringes, decreased transmission of HIV, Hepatitis C, and other blood borne diseases. Preventing transmission of blood borne diseases in people who inject drugs also helps to prevent transmission to pregnant women and newborn children.
Because staff and volunteers develop meaningful relationships with participants they connect them with evidence-based practice resources such as: counseling, treatment, housing, food assistance, blood borne disease testing, education and harms associated with drug use and how to minimize them.
Our goals are to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment for anyone participating in the program, and to develop meaningful relationships with our participants in hopes of nurturing the need to recover.
WHAT WE OFFER
• Safer injection supplies
• Biohazard containers / Sharps containers
• HIV/HCV testing & referrals for care
• Naloxone by referral
• Safer injection education
• Referrals for drug treatment, medical care, and community resources per request
• Community syringe disposal
174 John Crowe Hill Dr.
PO Box 736
Cherokee, NC 28719
Ginger Southards, RN
Monday & Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday & Friday
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Tammy Lambert Outreach Worker
Destiny Johnson Outreach Worker, PEER Counselor
Leticia Castillo Administrative Assistant
Karen Taylor, LPN
Venita Wolfe, MPH