26 Ohio counties now have syringe programs

Congratulations to Logan County for becoming the 26th county in Ohio to start a Syringe Service Program (SSP).

The Logan County Health District will operate the new program on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The health department will operate the program from its building at 310 S. Main Street in Bellefontaine.

In addition to sterile syringes, naloxone and fentanyl test strips, the program will offer testing for HIV, Hepatitis C and syphilis, along with safe sex kits.

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Logan County is located in west central Ohio and has a population of 46,000.

Ashtabula County in northwest Ohio recently added an SSP.

Syringe programs reduce the spread of infectious disease, reduce overdose risk and increase access to treatment. Ohio has 88 counties. Several counties have multiple programs or locations in operation. Licking County, east of Columbus, is the only Ohio county to ban the operation of a syringe program. Mahoning County (Youngstown) is the state’s largest county to not yet open a program.

Harm Reduction Ohio tries to provide an up-to-date list of all syringe programs in Ohio, plus their locations, hours of operations and services provided. See the list here.

To update information on an existing program or alert us to a new one, email molly@harmreductionohio.org.

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