Syringe Access Exchange Program

Syringe access exchange programs are a tool to reduce the threat of infectious disease spread through infected equipment, as well as a way to 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

Grant County Syringe Access Exchange Program

Services are available at the Grant County Health Center from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays. The syringe access exchange program is open to anyone who injects drugs. Services offered include:

  • Clean needles and injection equipment
  • Safe disposal of contaminated equipment
  • Immunizations
  • Testing for sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy
  • Naloxone overdose reversal kits
  • Referrals to addiction treatment

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

Campbell County Syringe Access Exchange Program

Services are available at the St. Elizabeth Urgent Care in Newport/Ft. Thomas, 1400 N. Grand Ave., from 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays. The syringe access exchange program is open to anyone who injects drugs. Services offered include:

  • Clean needles and injection equipment
  • Safe disposal of contaminated equipment
  • Testing for HIV
  • Naloxone overdose reversal kits
  • Referrals to immunizations, other testing, health care services and addiction treatment

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. 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
  • Testing for HIV
  • Naloxone overdose reversal kits
  • Referrals to immunizations, other testing, health care services and addiction treatment

Supporters

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