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Indiana Syringe Exchange Program

August 28, 2015 

On May 5, 2015, Governor Michael Pence signed into law Senate Bill 461 (Public Law 208), which set for conditions under which a local syringe exchange program (SEP) may be created in Indiana. Alyssa Servies, Melissa Reynolds, and Ross Silverman examine how other states have implemented such programs, discuss the implications of implementation,  and make recommendations for policy makers. While it is important to continue efforts to reduce intravenous drug use in our communities, SEPs coupled with wrap-around social services and widespread community support offer the opportunity to intercede on behalf of some of the state's most vulnerable populations and reduce the chance for the costly spread of harmful diseases through the state. Click here to read the entire issue brief.