Harm Reduction

Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs. (Source: National Harm Reduction Coalition)

HIV/HCV Resource Center

Located in Lebanon, NH, the HIV/HCV Resource Center provides a variety of free and anonymous services to residents of Vermont and New Hampshire. Available services include:

  • HIV and Hepatitis C testing
  • Syringe exchange
  • Fentanyl test kits
  • Narcan/naloxone, overdose reversal medication
  • Support groups
  • Individual/family case management
  • Emergency financial and resource assistance
  • Assistance with transportation to medical and mental health appointments

Local Syringe Service Programs

Syringe Services Programs (also known as syringe exchange programs, needle exchange programs and needle-syringe programs) are community-based programs that provide access to sterile needles and syringes and facilitate safe disposal of used needles and syringes.

Ensuring that a sterile needle and syringe is available for every injection significantly reduces harm among people who inject drugs.

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The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS) keeps a list of Syringe Services Programs that are registered with NH DHHS and currently operating in NH. New programs are regularly added as they register.
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The Vermont Department of Health keeps a database of local Syringe Service Programs offering a variety of free and anonymous services including syringes, supplies, overdose prevention resources, and other services in several communities around Vermont.

NH Harm Reduction Coalition

NHHRC promotes compassionate care for people who use drugs through harm reduction by supporting syringe service programs (SSPs), utilizing best practices, and advocating for human rights. They are active in policy advocacy, multi-sector education, resource and policy development, coalition and capacity building, and direct services that reduce the harm associated with drug use and misuse.