Syringe Exchange Program

Syringes
A Proven Practice to Reduce the Spread of HIV and Blood-borne Diseases

The Louisville Metro Syringe Exchange Program has served more than 14,000 participants since it began in June 2015.   

Locations and hours of operation:

MAIN SITE:

Inside the Louisville Metro Public Department of Health & Wellness, 400 E. Gray St.

Monday 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday

1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Friday 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed

 

Community Syringe Exchange Sites (Operated by Volunteers of America, look for the RV)

Redeemer Lutheran Church 3640 River Park Drive (37th and River Park) Every Tuesday from 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Bicknell 1455 Bicknell Ave. (corner of Bicknell and Taylor) Every Wednesday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Behind the Lake Dreamland Fire Station 4603 Cane Run Rd Every Thursday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Portland Family Health Center Parking Lot 2215 Portland Ave. Every Friday from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

CLARK COUNTY, INDIANA Syringe Exchange Program

Operated by the Clark County Health Department, 812-288-2706

1301 Akers Ave., Jeffersonvile, IN  

Every Thursday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 

What is a syringe exchange program?
  • A public health program for people who use drugs by injection (IDU’s)
  • Goal is to reduce the spread of HIV, Hepatitis C and other blood-borne infections

  • Provides new, sterile syringes and clean injection equipment.

  • Syringes and needles are disposed of safely reducing the number of discarded syringes  on our sidewalks, yards, parks and play grounds.

  • Download our brochure.
Why have a syringe exchange program?
  • Preventing HIV infection in people who inject drugs also prevents HIV in pregnant women and newborn children
  • By working with people who inject drugs we can get them into treatment
  • An evidence-based practice to connect IDUs to:
    • Counseling and treatment
    • Testing for HIV, Hepatitis, and other infections
    • Education about harms associated with drug use and how to minimize them
    • Safe disposal of contaminated equipment
    • In 194 US cities in 2014 including
      • Nashville
      • Pittsburgh
      • Kansas City, MO
      • Cincinnati
  • Download our Presentation
Who are we trying to reach?
  • Intravenous drug users (IDUs)
    • 18-25 year olds are the fastest growing segment of IDUs
Resources

Learn about medication assisted treatment at our MORE Center.

Read the LMPHW Syringe Exchange Program Guidelines

Read the Participants Rights and Responsibilities

Get a free naloxone kit and training on how to use it.

Treatment Referral

Medical Mental Referral

Naloxone Handout

Patient Bill of Rights

CEU for Healthcare Providers:  Harm Reduction and Syringe Access Program – Louisville’s Experience

Research Brief:  Comparison between needs-based and one-for-one Syringe Exchange Program models

A Call to Action – Louisville Heroin and Opioid Response Summit

Information and guidance for household sharps disposal in Kentucky can be found at

Links to additional information:

Kentucky Harm Reduction and Syringe Exchange Program Guidelines for Local Health Departments Implementing Needle Exchange Programs

KRS 218A.500

Centers for Disease Control

The Foundation for AIDS Research Fact Sheet

Drug Policy Alliance

The Body

Updated amfAR SSP Coverage Map

Volunteers of America