Syringe Exchange Programs -- United States, 2008

Guardino, V.; Jarlais, Des; Arasteh, K.; Johnston, R.; Purchase, D.; Solberg, A.; Lansky, A.; Lentine, D.
November 2010
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;11/19/2010, Vol. 59 Issue 45, p1488
The article focuses on the establishment of syringe exchange programs (SEPs) in the U.S. in 2008. These programs aim to lessen the transmission of bloodborne pathogens by providing free sterile syringes and gathering used syringes from injection-drug users (IDUs). A survey of SEPs from 1994 to 2007 revealed that these programs have exchanged 29.1 million syringes. The survey also revealed that 32 percent of these programs operated with a budget less than 25,000 U.S. dollars.


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