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Minnesota Pharmacy Syringe Access Initiative

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Minnesota Department of Health's Minnesota Pharmacy Syringe Access Initiative is a program designed to help reduce HIV and HCV transmission among people who use injection equipment and do not always have access to clean syringes. The program allows people to purchase up to 10 new syringes from any participating pharmacy, for private use, without a prescription.

By allowing people access to sterile syringes, it reduces the instances of people sharing infected needles and connects them with information about drug treatment programs, safe disposal of used syringes, HIV counseling and testing, and how to prevent HIV transmission. Pharmacies across the state can opt to participate in this program. To find out which pharmacies near you participate, go to: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/hiv/syringe/counties/index.html.

For information about proper disposal of used/dirty needles, visit https://www.pca.state.mn.us/living-green/disposing-needles-and-syringes.