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Monroe County Syringe Service Program

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Please note: Due to supply chain and funding shortages, the SSP is only allowing 2 boxes per person per visit to the SSP until further notice.

The Monroe County Health Department partners with the Indiana Recovery Alliance (IRA) to operate the Monroe County Syringe Service program in Monroe County. 

In 2015 the Monroe County Health Officer sent a declaration of a local public health emergency to the Commissioners as a part of the process to request a Syringe Service Program (SSP). 

 What is a Syringe Service Program (SSP)?

A community based public health program that provides comprehensive harm reduction services such as: 

  • Sterile needles, syringes, and other injection equipment
  • Safe disposal containers for needles and syringes
  • HIV and hepatitis testing and linkage to treatment
  • Education about overdose prevention and safer injection practices
  • Referral to substance use disorder treatment, including medication assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Referral to medical, mental health, and social services
  • Tools to prevent HIV, STDs and viral hepatitis including counseling, condoms and vaccinations

How do SSPs benefit communities and public safety?

  • Reduce overdose deaths 
  • Reduce new HIV and viral hepatitis infections
  • Increase entry into substance use disorder treatment 
  • Reduce needlestick injuries
  • They do not increase local crime in the areas where they are located

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Penny Caudill,
Health Administrator
Health Building
119 W 7th St
Bloomington, IN 47404
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  • Phone: (812) 349-2543
  • Fax: (812) 339-6481
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