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Syringe Services Program (SSP) Operational Changes During the COVID-19 Global Outbreak

Bartholomew, T. S., Nakamura, N., Metsch, L. R., Tookes, H. E.

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Summary Report/Recommendations

Outreach/ Education/ Communications
Healthcare Access and Quality
Tools Included
Outside U.S.
Network of people

Partnerships and Collaboration

This article discusses the preliminary data regarding Syringe Services Program (SSP) operational and service delivery changes during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and provides key policy and service provision implications for SSPs. There is an emphasis on the distribution of services provided at SSPs and highlights the need for SSP support in providing education, prevention, and strategies to avoid emerging infectious disease outbreaks.

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Outcomes of Interest

Reduction of Health Disparities

Priority Population(s)

People With Substance Use Disorders

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Geographic Area of Implementation

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