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Santa Cruz Needle Exchange Numbers In: 170,373 Collected, 165,712 Dispensed
The Santa Cruz needle exchange reports in the last year it has taken in more needles than it has given out. The Health Services Agency (HSA) in Santa Cruz County submitted its annual Syringe Services Program (SSP) report. From April 30, 2013 to February 28, 2014 the SSP served 876 unduplicated clients. During that period they collected 170,373 used syringes and dispensed 165,712 sterile syringes.
The report also lists statistics for HIV and Hepatitis infection, information on the funding of the program, and future recommendations from the program advisory group.
Read the whole report in the attached Board of Supervisors agenda packet for the April 15 meeting, where the recommendations will be considered.
Effective April 30, 2013 the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency (HSA) began administering the Syringe Services Program (SSP). The primary goal of the SSP is to work in partnership with the community to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases associated with injection drug use and to address the community's concern regarding improperly discarded syringes. http://www.santacruzhealth.org/phealth/2ssp.htm
The waste total collected by SSP is higher than the syringe exchange count. The SSP also reported that 493 pounds of sharps waste was collected in county clinic kiosks, which is IN ADDITION to the 170,373 syringes collected by the SSP through a 1 to 1 exchange.