There are many changes that need to be made on the federal, state, and local level. One change we can make that has had success in the United States and worldwide, is to implement syringe service programs (SSPs). SSPs, also known as syringe access programs, connect people with the lifesaving medication naloxone, reduce overdose rates, and prevent the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C. SSPs also allow for engagement of those individuals who may desire access to other services, such as treatment or supportive housing.
In an effort to expand effective Syringe Service Programs in Pennsylvania, PAHRC has launched the Pennsylvania Syringe Services (PASS) advocacy campaign. Currently, Pennsylvania state law defines syringes as drug paraphernalia. This legislative barrier prevents the operation of syringe service programs throughout the commonwealth.
Together, we can help remove this barrier to effective public health services in our state. To add your voice to the list of organizations that are speaking up for the well-being of all Pennsylvanians, sign up here.