Needle Exchange Programs

Brief Description: This module outlines how the pharmacy community can help operate safe and successful needle exchange programs. Dr. Wittes discusses the benefits of needle exchange programs including decreased HIV and Hepatitis C infection rates, and healthcare cost reduction. He explains how disposal of medications and syringes is vital for the health of the community and addresses the stigma pharmacists face when implementing these types of programs.

Speaker: Jason Wittes, PharmD

Continuing Education:
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1) Describe the impact of intravenous drug use on infectious disease rates
2) Identify the most common infectious disease conditions associated with intravenous drug use
3) Describe how needle exchange programs can decrease the incidence of new cases of infectious diseases