Tips for Community-Based Syringe Services and Harm Reduction Providers

April 23, 2020

Provide access to vaccinations to prevent immune systems from becoming more compromised. Consider flu, hepatitis A, and hepatitis B vaccines, and partnering with your local pharmacy or health department. Encourage and promote hand washing/sanitizing, and coughing/sneezing into tissues or elbow. Consider limiting program access for non-essential visitors.

Regularly clean commonly touched surfaces in all service delivery areas before, during, and after services are provided. Clean with household cleaners, bleach, and other microbicides.

Whenever possible, stock up on latex gloves, safe masks, and hand sanitizer for distribution to participants, including instructions for how and when to use them. Remind your staff to equip participants with ample supplies of naloxone kits including breathing masks. Discuss if you have capacity to deliver supplies.

Be mindful of those around you. If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. Below is the link for the IU Health Virtual clinic that offers free Coronavirus (COVID-19) screenings.

Click HERE for more information.


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