Harm Reduction and Needle Exchange Programs

A needle exchange program is a social service that allows intravenous drug users the opportunity to obtain clean hypodermic needles at little to no cost. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, needle exchange programs help individuals who engage in intravenous drug use prevent the transmission of bloodborne pathogens, including hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV.

It is not uncommon for men and women who suffer at the hands of a severe heroin abuse disorder to share needles with other drug users, or to reuse their hypodermic needles because they cannot afford to purchase more.

Are Needle Exchange Programs Helpful?

Not only are these practices extremely dangerous, but they lead to an unnecessary amount of bloodborne illnesses and untimely deaths. Needle exchange programs and other harm reduction techniques are extremely controversial. Some believe that offering men and women who struggle with heroin addiction the opportunity to access clean needles only exacerbate drug use, and enables them to continue using.

The truth is, these men and women are going to continue using heroin until they commit to a long-term program of addiction treatment regardless – offering needle exchanges helps these men and women stay safe and disease-free before they can commit to a long-term program of care, which might not be immediately accessible. Of course, addiction treatment is always the best course of action.

If you or someone you love has been engaging in intravenous drug use for any period, professional help is readily available. Simply give Garden State Treatment Center a call for more detailed information.

Harm Reduction and Needle Exchange Programs

Addiction Treatment is the Best Course of Action

Individuals opt not to enter into a long-term program of addiction treatment for a variety of reasons. They might not be fully aware of the resources that are readily available to them, or they might believe that they cannot afford to attend a traditional inpatient drug and alcohol rehab. The truth is, however, that quality and affordable care is accessible almost everywhere, and that men and women who need treatment have a wide range of resources available to them.

Harm reduction programs like needle exchanges can be extremely beneficial when utilized as a last-ditch attempt to prevent the spread of disease – however, they do nothing to stop the spread of addiction, or to effectively treat substance abuse in any way. To overcome drug addiction, an individual must enter into a long-term program of clinical care.

Addiction Intervention Options 

At Garden State Treatment Center, we offer intervention services to men and women who are in desperate need of professional treatment but who refuse to commit to a long-term program of clinical care. When it comes to intravenous drug use, continuing to use is often a matter of life and death. Overdose rates continue to climb as illicit substances like heroin and cocaine are being cut with potent and lethal synthetic opioids (like fentanyl) on a more frequent basis.

At Garden State Treatment Center, we offer intervention services to the loved ones of drug users who feel they have run out of options and have nowhere left to turn. If you give us a call and request more information on our intervention services, we will gladly put you in touch with one of our licensed interventionists – all of whom have extremely high success rates.

Garden State Treatment Center – Individualized Addiction Treatment 

At Garden State Treatment Center, we are dedicated to providing the most comprehensive clinical care available throughout the state of New Jersey. Our multi-phased continuum of clinical care is geared towards helping men and women of all ages overcome substance abuse and go on to lead happy and fulfilling lives as productive members of society.

We understand just how overwhelming and devastating intravenous drug addiction can be many of our support staff members have experienced the devastation of addiction firsthand. This allows us a uniquely compassionate perspective, and we will always treat you with the respect and understanding you deserve. For more information or to speak with one of our Treatment Advisors, reach out to us today.