Syringe Exchange Program

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December 2016 – now serving Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties!

HVCS’ Syringe Exchange Program (SEP) uses harm reduction methods to work with local injection drug users (IDUs), who are at highest risk of contracting or transmitting HIV, hepatitis C, and other diseases passed through the blood of individuals who use syringes to inject hormones or insulin. We are non-judgmental and provide a safe, discreet way to meet and offer our services.  The SEP program is FREE and always anonymous. We use a mobile unit (a truck) on a regular schedule to blend into specific neighborhoods but remain accessible.

We stress the importance of harm reduction–that is, meeting people where they are at, no matter what stage–to work with them to address and prevent health complications associated with unsafe injection and sexual practices. We also work to remove used syringes from the streets, and we encourage all clients to connect with a healthcare provider and other vital services. SEP staff provides referrals to clients on an as-needed basis.

In addition to providing clients with access to new syringes, SEP staff provides clients with HIV and hepatitis C testing.

SEP is available 24 hours a day via telephone. Please contact SEP at (845) 476-2190 OR (845) 234-5225.

We Supply:

  • Clean syringes (wide variety of sizes)
  • Bleach kits (sterile water, bottle caps, cotton filters)
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Bandages/Gauze pads
  • Sharps containers (many sizes)
  • Fit packs
  • Male Condoms
  • Female Condoms
  • Lubricant
  • Dental dams

We Provide:

  • Information on how to prevent the transmission of infections
  • Information on improving health
  • HIV Testing
  • Hepatitis C Testing
  • Narcan training (overdose prevention training)
  • Special arrangements (by appointment ONLY)
  • Harm reduction education
  • ESAP Vouchers

We also offer IDUs, their sexual partners, and family members referrals to the following programs:

  • Health care
  • Social Services
  • Mental Health services
  • Testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections (Diseases)
  • Drug and Alcohol detox services
  • Overdose prevention

Our locations and hours of operation are posted below.

SEP Hours of Operation:
Come see us if you want to talk more about how we can help you or someone you know.

CITY LOCATION DAY HOURS
Kingston Elmendorf Street between Broadway and Tremper Avenue Tuesday 10am – 12pm (Noon)

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Kingston Elmendorf Street between Broadway and Tremper Avenue Friday 10am – 12pm (Noon)

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Monticello Call for details Monday 11:30am – 12:30pm

1:30pm – 2:30pm

Monticello Call for details Thursday 11:30am – 12:30pm

1:30pm – 2:30pm

Newburgh 280 Broadway Parking Lot Tuesday 10am – 12pm (Noon)

1:30pm – 3:30pm

Newburgh 280 Broadway Parking Lot Friday 10am – 12pm (Noon)

1pm – 3pm

Poughkeepsie Municipal Parking Lot @ Mill Street between N. Hamilton and Catherine Street Monday 10am – 12pm (Noon)

1pm – 3pm

Poughkeepsie Municipal Parking Lot @ Mill Street between N. Hamilton and Catherine Street Thursday 10am – 12pm (Noon)

2pm – 4pm

 

Information on the penal law 220.45

Participants of the SEP program can lawfully posses syringes furnished by syringe exchange programs or collected by the participant in exchange and disposal in all parts of NYS. Syringes may also contain residue possession of which is also protected under the penal law 220.45.

For more information please visit: http://ypdcrime.com/penal.law/article220.htm#p220.45

 

Information on Narcan and opioid overdose prevention

Naloxone (also known as Narcan®) is a medication called an “opioid antagonist” used to counter the effects of opioid overdose, for example morphine and heroin overdose. Specifically, naloxone is used in opioid overdoses to counteract life-threatening depression of the central nervous system and respiratory system, allowing an overdose victim to breathe normally. Naloxone is a nonscheduled (i.e., non-addictive), prescription medication. Naloxone only works if a person has opioids in their system; the medication has no effect if opioids are absent. Naloxone may be injected in the muscle, vein or under the skin or sprayed into the nose.

For more information please visit: http://www.drugpolicy.org/resource/911-good-samaritan-explaining-new-yorks-fatal-overdose-prevention-law

NYS 911 Good Samaritan Law

New York’s new 911 Good Samaritan Law went into effect on September 18, 2011. This policy seeks to encourage people to call 911 when witnessing or experiencing an alcohol or other drug related overdose by providing a limited shield from charge and prosecution  for possession of narcotics, marijuana, and, for minors, alcohol. They policy also provides limited immunity from arrest when witness(es) who call 911 or the overdose victim poses residual or very small amounts of drugs.

For more information please visit: http://www.drugpolicy.org/resource/911-good-samaritan-explaining-new-yorks-fatal-overdose-prevention-law