Facts about SSPs & Public Health

  • SSPs have shown to reduce the transmission of viruses without increasing drug use by providing access to clean syringes.
  • Data supports that SSPs promote public health and safety by taking syringes off the streets.
  • SSPs help protect law enforcement personnel from needle stick injuries, which can result in the transmission of diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C (amfAR Fact Sheet, 2011).

What are Syringe Services Programs?

Syringe Services Programs (SSPs) are an effective public health approach to reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS and other blood-borne diseases in communities across the U.S. Services include the provision of clean syringes, collects used syringes, Harm Reduction Education, HIV and Hepatitis C testing/screening, Overdose Prevention (OD) Education, and referrals to drug treatment, STD screening, and other ancillary services. There are currently 194 syringe services programs in 33 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the Indian Nations (NASEN, 2014).

NORA - Naloxone + Overdose Response App

NORA is a free app from the CT Department of Public Health that provides information on opioids, recognizing the symptoms of a suspected opioid overdose, and instructions on administering naloxone when needed. Access the app at www.norasaves.com.

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The list below contains information on CT SSPs. As programs continue to expand across CT, this resource will be updated with the additional information.

SSP* Name Address Telephone Program Contact Program Email
ACT 110 Bartholomew Ave, Suite 3050
Hartford, CT 06106
860-247-2437 LaToya Tyson/Norman Lebron ltyson@act-ct.org
Alliance for Living 154 Broad St
New London, CT 06320
860-447-0884 x233 Carol Jones cjones@allianceforliving.org
APEX 85 West St
Danbury, CT 06810
203-778-2437 Albana Lame alame@apexcc.org
Family Centers (Stamford CARES) 888 Washington Blvd, 8th Floor
Stamford, CT 06901
203-977-5296 Lauren Gau lgau@stamfordct.gov
GBAPP/Recovery Network of Programs 1470 Barnum Ave, Suite 301
Bridgeport, CT 06610
203-366-8255 Nancy Kingwood nkingwood@gbapp.org
Greater Hartford
Harm Reduction Coalition
1229 Albany Ave
Hartford, CT 06112
860-250-4146 Mark Jenkins markj@ghhrc.org
Liberation Programs, Inc. 399 Mill Hill Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06610
203-953-3347 Joanne Montgomery joanne.montgomery@liberationprograms.org
Liberty Community Services 210 State St, Storefront
New Haven, CT 06510
203-497-2323 Silvia Moscariello silvia.moscariello@libertycs.org
Mid-Fairfield AIDS Project 618 West Ave
Norwalk, CT 06850
203-855-9535 x107 Erma Benedetto ebenedetto@mfap.com
Perception Programs, Inc. 54 North St, PO Box 407
Willimantic, CT 06226
860-450-7248 Morgan North morgan.north@perceptionprograms.org
Sex Workers and Allies Network (SWAN)   475-441-4350 Evan Serio eserioswan@gmail.com
UNCAS Health District 401 West Thames St, Ste 106
Norwich, CT 06360
860-823-1189 x123 Susan Dubb, RN sdubb@uncashd.org
Waterbury Health Department 1 Jefferson Sq, 2rd Floor, Ste 17
Waterbury, CT 06706
203-574-6883 Samuel Bowens sbowens@waterburyct.org
Yale University CHCV 135 College Street, Suite 323
New Haven, CT 06510
203-737-4047 Sharon Joslin sharon.joslin@yale.edu
*Syringe Services Programs (SSP) are community-based programs that provide access to sterile needles and syringes free of cost and facilitate safe disposal of used needles and syringes. (Source https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/risk/ssps.html)

Persons who inject drugs (PWIDs) make up 8% of new HIV infections in the United States (CDC Fact Sheet), over 60% of new hepatitis C (HCV) infections (CDC HCV Website), and emerging HCV epidemic in young people (Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Young Persons Who Inject Drugs Report, 2013). Syringe services programs (SSPs) serve as a safe, effective HIV prevention method for people who inject drugs (PWID) to exchange used syringes for sterile needles, thereby significantly lowering the risk of HIV transmission. Since the 1980s, SSPs in conjunction with other HIV prevention strategies have resulted in reductions of up to 80% in HIV incidence among PWID.

For further information about High Impact Prevention strategies, such as SSPs, please contact Marianne Buchelli, Health Program Services Supervisor at 860-509-8053 or email at Marianne.buchelli@ct.gov.

More information: CDC Vital Signs - December 2016