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Implementation of Syringe Services Programs (SSP) within the VA

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Syringe services programs (SSPs) provide:
-Sterile injection and non-injection equipment and supplies
-Naloxone distribution and education
-Screening/treatment for viral hepatitis, HIV, and sexually transmitted infections
-Vaccinations
-Abscess and wound care
-Fentanyl Test Strips
-Linkage to social, mental health, and other medical services

This innovation is scaling widely with the support of national stakeholders. See more scaling innovations.

Adoptions:

3 successful, 17 in-progress

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Metrics

  • Over 3000 syringes distributed since program start in 2017. Among participants, 82% received naloxone, 100% were engaged in mental health treatment and 94% were engaged in SUD treatment. In total, 65% were screened for HIV, 82% for HCV and 29% for sexually transmitted infections.