Syringe Access Exchange Program

In order to reduce the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), all NKY Health facilities in Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties will be closed to the public unless otherwise noted until further notice. NKY Health services will be limited to services that can be provided virtually or over the phone, and the Grant County and Kenton County syringe access exchange programs. Starting on Tuesday, April 14, Campbell County will hold a weekly syringe access exchange program located on Highrise Drive, which is off Churchill Drive at the intersection of North Grand Drive in Newport, Ky. If you have any questions about NKY Health services at this time, please contact the main office at 859-341-4264 or your local county health center. Thank you for your understanding as we all do our part to limit community transmission of this disease.

Syringe access exchange programs are a tool to reduce the threat of infectious disease spread through infected equipment, as well as a way to connect people who inject drugs to treatment resources and other health services.

SB 192, passed in March 2015, allows for syringe exchanges to operate in Kentucky. However, their use must be approved by the Board of Health and county/city government (if applicable) in which they operate.

Presentation: Reducing the Spread of Bloodborne Pathogens in NKY: Syringe Access Exchange Programs

Infographic: Syringe access exchange programs: Meeting the need in Northern Kentucky

Video: Syringe access exchange programs

Approvals

The following necessary approvals have been granted for a program to operate:

  • Boone County: No approvals
  • Campbell County: Campbell County Fiscal Court (May 2016); City of Newport (February 2018) Program launched in July 2018
  • Grant County: City of Williamstown (August 2015); Grant County Fiscal Court (February 2016) Program launched at Grant County Health Center in March 2016.
  • Kenton County: Kenton County Fiscal Court (March 2016); City of Covington (March 2016)  Program launched in July 2018

Campbell County Syringe Access Exchange Program

Services are available and located on Highrise Drive, which is off Churchill Drive at the intersection of North Grand Drive in Newport, Ky.  from 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning April 14. All participants must be in line by 3:30 pm to be seen. The syringe access exchange program is open to residents of Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties who inject drugs. Services offered include:

  • Clean needles and injection equipment on a one-for-one basis
  • Safe disposal of contaminated equipment
  • Naloxone overdose reversal kits
  • Referrals to addiction treatment 
  • HIV testing

NKY Health would like to thank Caracole for allowing us to use their mobile unit. Without their generosity, we would not be able to provide this important service.

Grant County Syringe Access Exchange Program

Services are available at the Grant County Health Center from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays. All participants must be in line by 3:30 pm to be seen. The syringe access exchange program is open to anyone who injects drugs. Services offered include:

Infographic: Two years of syringe access exchange program in Grant County

Kenton County Syringe Access Exchange Program

Services are available at the St. Elizabeth Healthcare, 1500 James Simpson Jr. Way, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays. All participants must be in line by 3:30 pm to be seen. The syringe access exchange program is open to residents of Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties who inject drugs. Services offered include:

  • Clean needles and injection equipment on a one-for-one basis
  • Safe disposal of contaminated equipment
  • Naloxone overdose reversal kits
  • Referrals to addiction treatment 
  • HIV testing

NKY Health would like to thank Caracole for allowing us to use their mobile unit. Without their generosity, we would not be able to provide this important service.

Supporters

Organizations that have signed on in support of a syringe access exchange program in Northern Kentucky: