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In the summer of 2020, the Injury-Free NC Academy on Establishing Syringe Services Programs offered our first virtual series on how to establish Syringe Services Programs (SSPs) in North Carolina. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we adapted the academy–typically a 3-day, in-person training–to an online platform.

In May & June of 2020, we offered a new virtual session each Wednesday that covers content from our in-person academy sessions. During this period, we presented three live webinars for participants to attend at the same time allowing opportunities for dialogue between participants and speakers.

Why Syringe Services Programs?

Based on harm reduction philosophy and practice, Syringe Services Programs (SSPs) are evidence-based, compassionate, and cost-effective channels for engaging with people who use drugs (PWUD). These programs can provide education on safer use practices, prevent infections through access to syringes and injection supplies, and reduce overdose deaths. By primarily and non-judgmentally addressing PWUD’s conditions of use—rather than drug use itself—SSPs foster trust, dialogue, and access to other medical and social services, including substance use disorder treatment.

Webinar Schedule & Archive

All webinars will be recorded and stored here with closed captions along with the corresponding slide deck and handouts.

Webinar 1
Laying the Groundwork

Webinar 2
Using Data to Monitor the Epidemic in Your Community

Webinar 3
The Nuts and Bolts of Establishing a Syringe Services Program

Webinar 4

Conducting a Power Analysis

Webinar 5

Doing Effective Outreach

Webinar 6
Getting Started

Webinar 7
Creating an Action Plan for Establishing Your Syringe Services Program