Ohio now has syringe programs in 16 of its 88 counties

Originally Published in Harm Reduction OhioFull Story Link Here

Ohio has 14 syringe programs operating in 16 counties at 21 locations, according to a new Harm Reduction Ohio count.

Before 2015, Ohio had only one syringe program: a van operating out of a driveway in Cleveland.

The legislature legalized syringe programs — sometimes called “needle exchange” programs — in 2015 in response to the state’s drug overdose epidemic. Syringe programs are one of the most proven ways to reduce death and transmission of infectious disease, and to get heroin users into treatment, but they remain unpopular among some elected officials and a minority of the public.

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