Injection of illegal drugs using unsterile needles and syringes has been a significant source of HIV infection in the United States.
A comprehensive approach to limiting HIV spread via unsterile needles includes syringe exchange programs (SEPs), sale of syringes in pharmacies and other retail outlets without prescription or other limitation, and elimination of laws and law enforcement practices that deter drug users from possessing syringes. This publication addresses these issues.
*This course is from our series “Substance Abuse and Societal Issues”. The series is based on Knowledge Assets, published by the Substance Abuse Policy Research Program.
Our other courses in the series include:*
101568-Alcohol Retail Policy
101564-Increasing the Use of Smoking Cessation Treatments
101570-Substance Abuse and Welfare Reform
101563-Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Substance Abuse Treatment
101574-Syringe Access Interventions
101575-Minimum Legal Drinking Age Policy
101577-Buprenorphine Treatment for Opioid Addiction
101576-Drug Treatment for Drug Abusing Criminal Offenders
This course is based on the reading-based online article, Syringe Access Interventions (Needle Exchange) created by Scott Burris, J.D.
Course Material Author
Scott Burris, J.D.
Scott Burris is associated with the Temple University Beasley School of Law.
Scott Burris, J.D. authored the material only, and was not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.
This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about syringe exchange programs. It is appropriate for all levels of participants' knowledge.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
Explain the status and extent of syringe exchange programs (SEPs) in the United States.
Describe the relationship of SEPs to HIV risk behaviors and drug treatment entry, and discuss their cost-effectiveness and relationship to crime.
Discuss the effect of changing laws and regulations restricting pharmacy syringe sales and the effect of law enforcement activities on the operation of SEPs and pharmacy-based syringe access programs.
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