Syringe Services Struggling to Provide Care Amid COVID-19

Americans who struggle with drug addiction have been using syringe services programs (SSPs) for decades – not only to exchange used needles for clean ones but also as a first step towards treatment. Avoiding reusing needles reduces the risk of contracting infectious diseases like HIV and hepatitis C. But the coronavirus pandemic has made it more difficult for participants to get clean needles as sites shut down or reduce their operating hours.

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