Syringe Access: Enabler or Inhibitor?


Lines are drawn in the syringe service debate: On one side is the fear of enabling addiction; on the other is the desire to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. While most states permit the nonprescription sale of syringes, some (like Kentucky) require pharmacists to document the customer’s name, address, and intended use of the needles. There’s a legitimate worry these requirements will deter people from seeking care and community pharmacies from selling syringes. So, who’s right? And what can pharmacists do if they work in a more restrictive state? Don’t miss this timely session to hear the experts lay out their best arguments.

Pharmacist Learning Objectives

At the completion of this knowledge-based activity, participants will be to: 

  1. Summarize the data on the impact of syringe service programs (SSPs) on harm reduction. 
  2. Identify barriers to implementing SSPs in community pharmacies and strategies to overcome those barriers.
  3. Demonstrate skills for pharmacists to navigate difficult conversations with patients about safer syringe use and harm reduction.
Ben Cocchiaro, MD, MPH
Prevention Point Philadelphia
Learning Level: Level 2
Track: Advanced New Practitioner, Community-Based Pharmacy Practice, Early New Practitioner, Pharmacist Clinical Patient Care Services
Session Time Slot(s): 
Sunday, March 22
4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
Gaylord National - National Harbor 12-13
ACPE Pharmacist: 0202-0000-20-082-L04-P
CEUs Pharmacist: 0.1
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