The Lancaster Harm Reduction Project, Inc. is a mobile syringe exchange operating from a variety of locations on a weekday schedule.
MISSION: To provide non-judgmental services such as syringe exchange, basic healthcare, education, and counseling to the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations of Lancaster County – the homeless, the uninsured, the injection drug users, and sex workers.
To offer safety measures for those who are at high risk for contracting HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and other blood-borne diseases.
Through referrals to the continuum of health care services, to help those seeking assistance to return to their homes and work places.
Melinda Zipp, Outreach Director
Robert Field, President
As of August 2012, NASEN tracked 203 programs operating exchange sites in 34 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Indian Nations.
► Do syringe exchange programs stop the transmission of blood-borne disease?
► Do syringe exchange programs increase drug use or drug-related activity?
Syringe exchange – definition: "Syringe exchange programs (SEPs) provide sterile syringes in exchange for used syringes to reduce transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other bloodborne infections associated with reuse of contaminated syringes by injection-drug users (IDUs). . . . SEPs can help prevent bloodborne pathogen transmission by increasing access to sterile syringes among IDUs and enabling safe disposal of used syringes. Often, programs also provide other public health services, such as HIV testing, risk-reduction education, and referrals for substance-abuse treatment."
"Update: Syringe Exchange Programs -- United States, 2002," Morbidity
and Mortality Weekly Report, July 15, 2005, Vol. 54, No. 27 (Atlanta,
GA: US Centers for Disease Control), p. 673.
U.S. Surgeon General on scientific evidence: "After reviewing all of the research to date, the senior scientists of the Department and I have unanimously agreed that there is conclusive scientific evidence that syringe exchange programs, as part of a comprehensive HIV prevention strategy, are an effective public health intervention that reduces the transmission of HIV and does not encourage the use of illegal drugs."
Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher, Department of Health and Human
Services, "Evidence-Based Findings on the Efficacy of Syringe Exchange
Programs: An Analysis from the Assistant Secretary for Health and
Surgeon General of the Scientific Research Completed Since April 1998,"
(Washington, DC: Dept. of Health and Human Services, 2000), p. 11.
Unsafe needle practices: "An estimated 425,000 U.S. residents aged 12 or older used a needle to inject heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, or other stimulants during the past year, according to combined data from the 2006, 2007, and 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Many of these injection drug users reported engaging in unsafe needle practices the last time they injected drugs. The majority (71.0%) did not clean their needle with bleach before using it. Approximately one-half (51.0%) reused a needle they had used before and 17.7% reported that someone else used their needle after them. More than one in ten (13.0%) reported using a needle they know or suspected someone else had used before them."
Needle Practices Persis Among U.S. Injection Drug Users,: adapted by
CESAR from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA),
“Injection Drug Use and Related Risk Behaviors,” The NSDUH Report, 2009
(Center for Substance Abuse Research, University of Maryland, College
Park, MD: November 2009).
Address: P. O Box 209, Bausman, PA 17504-0209 717-808-1084