Since its inception, the mobile unit has been successful in it's mission of "meeting people where they are", all over the Upstate. Services include syringe exchange, overdose prevention, HIV and Hep C testing, drug user education, MAT/MOUD referral, and linkage to care. If you would like to request the bus in your area or at your business or organization, please email: email@example.com.
More than 100,000 syringes each year
Over 19,000 doses
Syringe Exchange is our foundation. We support the right for People Who Use Drugs to have safe using supplies and access to healthcare. We provide harm reduction services through the non-profit Challenges Inc, and medication for opioid use disorder using buprenorphine products through a partnership with Carolina Wellness and Recovery of Powdersville . Our mobile unit travels all over the Upstate of SC. Visit our Services page to learn more about South Carolina syringe exchange.
Please note, it is important to us that all of our funding, partnerships, and initiatives have low barriers to care and are well informed by Drug User Health.
At Challenges Inc., our mission is to reduce the damage caused by punitive drug policies, so that people who use drugs can live safe, healthy lives in our community.
In 2017, we saw a need for harm reduction services in South Carolina, with rising rates of Hepatitis C, HIV, and overdose death, as there was no focus on Drug User Health at that time. Our goal was simple; provide access to sterile syringes. We sought out to bring these services to those in need, and with that, the first Syringe Services Program in South Carolina was born.
We believe in using compassion as the number one engagement tool to provide non judgmental, non coercive services and we seek to continue expanding these services across the state. Follow us on social media to find us in the community and stay up to date on harm reduction in South Carolina.
Your support helps us continue this life saving work.
Studies show that participants of a program like ours are 5x more likely to enter into treatment and 3x more likely to stop using drugs than those who are not. These prevention services also decrease the spread of diseases like HIV and Hep C by up to 80%. The use of naloxone, buprenorphine, and syringe access are all evidence based practices preferred and recommended by the CDC and SAMHSA as a key strategy to fighting the opioid crisis.
To learn more about our work, providing SC harm reduction, check out the "Blog" .
We are a nonprofit, 501(c)3 initiative under the "Recovery Institute of South Carolina" (RISC) and are able to do this work because of donations from community members. small grants, and help from volunteers. Our Federal Tax ID is 84-2776604. If you would like to make a contribution to our South Carolina syringe exchange, click DONATE. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Thank you for your support!
Recovery Institute of South Carolina
is proud to endorse the initiative Challenges Inc:
103 Clair Drive, Piedmont, South Carolina 29673, United States
Suite C Contact us: (864)-214-6181
09:00 am – 05:00 pm