Needle Safety

Needle exchange programs provide a valuable service to IV drug users. They provide sterile needles and syringes which reduces the risk of infectious diseases (HIV, Hep B, Hep C),  and they refer drug users to prevention and treatment programs. There are more of these exchange programs in operation now, but few in rural areas. Listen to an opiate recovery group talk about their experiences with needles.  

Discussion Guide:

Did you inject drugs? Which substances?

Did you share needles? Did you think you were safe in doing so?

What are the risks involved in sharing needles?

If you used needles, did you feel psychologically addicted to the process of preparing the needle?

Have you taken advantage of a needle exchange program?

How did you dispose of your needles?

Where is a safe place to dispose your needles?

Supplemental Reading:

Use of Needle Exchange Programs Up Dramatically in 10 Years, Medical Press,