Syringe Service Programs (SSP)

Syringe Service Programs save lives graphicSSPs can also be known as Syringe Exchange Programs (SEP), Syringe Access Programs (SAP), and Needle Exchange Programs (NEP). They are a key component in a comprehensive harm reduction strategy.

These programs have been proven to reduce the harms of substance use to the individual and to the community. SSPs reconnect marginalized community members to their community and empower people to make positive changes in their lives. Syringe service programs focus on building relationships and provide people access to other vital services. 

Michigan's Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak and SSP

  • Syringe service programs are an essential public health service and are permitted to operate and travel to and from under EO 2020-21. Learn more about Michigan's response to the coronavirus outbreak here
  • Hours and accessibility may have temporarily changed for some programs. Find the most updated hours and accessibility here.
  • If you have questions or concerns about access to sterile injection equipment or naloxone, please email: mdhhs-syringeaccess@michigan.gov