Syringe/Needle Exchange Programs (SNEP’s) help lower the amount of contaminated needles in the community, properly dispose of contaminated/non-sterile needles, often offer testing for HIV, STD’s and Viral Hepatitis, offer referrals and resources (substance treatment services, substance abuse services, etc.), and are an effective method to reduce new HIV and Hepatitis C infections.
Syringe exchange services are now offered at a.l.p.h.a. under Idaho law. Program participants may turn in used syringes for proper disposal and receive new/sterile syringes in return.
To help program participants safely turn in used syringes, a.l.p.h.a. offers a variety of sharps containers, which can be taken home and returned at a later date. For further participant safety, a.l.p.h.a. offers a variety of harm reduction supplies (ex. condoms, bandages, alcohol wipes, etc.) through its buffet style “Safety Wall”. To reduce the risk of death related to opioid overdose, a.l.p.h.a. is able to provide Narcan ®. A video of how to properly use Narcan ® can be viewed here.
Items below are offered at our exchange in ready-made packages.