Role of Pharmacists in Harm Reduction: Syringe/Needle Exchange – APhA submits compounding comments to FDA. – (866) 348-2889.
Historically, harm reduction (public health initiatives to minimize injurious social and physical consequences of human behavior) has successfully contributed to declining rates of teen pregnancy and HIV. As a result of the persistent opioid epidemic, a current harm reduction initiative focuses on reducing adverse consequences in drug users.
Previous studies prove that pharmacy-based syringe and needle exchange programs (NEPs) effectively reduce risk behaviors among people who inject drugs (PWID). Removing barriers to implementing NEPs in community pharmacies could increase clean needle accessibility. Offering clean needles at chain/supermarket and independent pharmacies allows the greatest potential to reduce harm because these businesses are convenient.