We take our Syringe Exchange Program (SEP) where it’s most needed – street side! For more than 20 years, NYHRE’s SEP, one of the East Coast’s largest, has provided services six days a week, at 10 exchange sites in East Harlem and the Bronx, allowing us to reach large numbers of drug users who might not otherwise have access to new, sterile syringes.
Syringe Exchange is a simple concept—getting new, sterile syringes and harm reduction supplies to people who need them, and getting used syringes out of circulation to reduce HIV, HCV, and other infections. Having a new, sterile syringe available each time someone needs to use one, helps keep people healthy. Knowing how and where to properly dispose of used syringes, keeps our communities healthy.
NYHRE operates the East Coast’s largest Syringe Exchange Program (SEP), providing services 6 days a week from 10 street-side syringe exchange sites in East Harlem and the Bronx. Our SEP model takes services out to the street, instead of waiting for people to come to us. In addition to syringe exchange, HIV & HCV testing, acupuncture, and health education services are offered at several of our weekly sites.
For over 20 years, NYHRE has provided peer-based outreach, recruiting current and former drug users and sex workers to provide syringe exchange and education services for their peers in the streets. 25% of all our syringe exchange annually is conducted by Peers. Our outreach program has a remarkable history of effectively delivering vital low-threshold services to large numbers of injection drug users (IDUs), who may not otherwise have access to office-based programs.