We know; it's a little strange if you've never been to a syringe exchange before. You're thinking, "Is this for real?" or "Is this a set-up?". "Are they gonna ask me a bunch of questions?" "Do I have to give my name?".
Well friends, let us reassure you that there's nothing to fear here. We do not need any identifiable information from you. You simply show up and we'll do the rest. It's as easy as walking in and saying "Hi, I'm here for the syringe service". We will ask you if you prefer longs or shorts, and then we will proceed to get the supplies you need. We'll then ask if you need anything else; works, condoms, naloxone, testing...etc. That's it! If you're in a hurry, you can be in and out the door in 2 seconds! Or, if you'd like to hang out for a while and talk, that's fine too! We have a comfy couch, cold water and other snacks available in the bus. Click the button below to see our mobile unit locations.
We provide intramuscular naloxone and intranasal Narcan, used to prevent opioid overdose and empower those who use it. It's simple to use and comes with a short training. Feel free to ask for as much as you need!
Yes, we provide rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing at our mobile unit. It's just a finger stick and takes about 15 minutes for results. The great part is, if you're positive for either one, we set you up with free treatment right away and help walk you through the process. It's important to note that while Hepatitis C is curable, people living with HIV can also live healthy, normal lives with modern medicine. Just follow our lead, and we'll take care of the rest. You're in good hands.
What is a Community Distributor? State statute defines a Community Distributor as “an organization, either public or private, which provides substance use disorder assistance and services, such as counseling, homeless services, advocacy, harm reduction, alcohol and drug screening, and treatment to individuals at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose” (S.C. Code Section 44-130-20(2)).
This law protects Community Distributors from any civil liability or criminal prosecution. S.C. Code Section 44-130-70(D) provides that “A community distributor that distributes an opioid antidote in accordance with the provisions of this section is not as a result of an act or omission subject to civil or criminal liability.”
The use of Intramuscular (IM) naloxone and syringes are legal under the South Carolina Joint Protocol. Learn more the Joint Protocol and how to administer naloxone by clicking the button below.
SSPs deliver short- and long-term value to people’s lives as well as to public health, communities, first responders, and public budgets. Numerous states have authorized SSP operations in various ways, but there is more work to be done. In many states, SSPs are alive and well; in others, they operate in a legal gray area. And some states still have not authorized SSPs to provide these life-saving services and tools.
Join our director Marc Burrows and others for an online discussion about the current status and potential future of syringe services programs in red states.