Needle Exchange Programs

The AAFP supports syringe service programs (SSPs)/needle exchange programs (NEPs) as an effective harm reduction strategy to prevent the spread of HIV, Hepatitis C, and Hepatitis B, as well as to engage individuals in treatment for substance use disorders. Such programs reduce the transmission of disease, do not increase the rate of substance use, and increase the likelihood that individuals will enter drug treatment programs. SSPs/NEPs may also provide additional health and preventive services to vulnerable and high risk populations. Physicians should be knowledgeable about their states' statutes regarding SSPs/NEPs, possession of syringes and needles, and available mechanisms for needle procurement. (July 2016 BOD) (2016 COD)