National Day of Action on Syringe Exchange is an American holiday that aims to raise public awareness of the importance of sterile needles in syringes. He also supports the fight against drug addiction. The holiday is celebrated annually on March 21.
The history of National Day of Action on Syringe Exchange begins in 2012. And its original purpose is to help people who use drugs. This was a peculiar attempt to make drug addiction safer, since the sterility of the syringes eliminated the risk of contracting HIV and other diseases by using non-sterile needles.
Today’s practice is to open special departments at clinics where people can bring used syringes and needles and get new kits instead. It’s not just for drug addicts. Many patients can be treated at home, involving the use of drugs by injection. In addition, information about the participants of such actions is transmitted to the appropriate authorities and thus facilitates the search for drug distributors.
- The most common drugs injected are hard drugs such as heroin, methadone, methamphetamine, and several varieties of opium.
- The incidence of HIV infection through the use of non-sterile needles on syringes is about 23%.
- The injection method of injecting drugs is also dangerous due to ruptured veins, other blood vessels, and thrombosis.
How to celebrate
If you provide home treatment or injection services to patients, take advantage of the free used syringe exchange offer. Raise your awareness about drug abuse this day.
Spread the word on social media. Let more people know about him!
When is National Day of Action on Syringe Exchange celebrated in 2022?
National Day of Action on Syringe Exchange is observed on March 21 each year.