Syringe Service Programs

Syringe Service Programs

Syringe Service Programs (SSPs) are effective community-based interventions that can prevent infectious diseases, link clients to treatment for substance use disorders, and can reduce overdose deaths among people who inject drugs. They do not increase illegal drug use or crime. Read more about SSPs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SSPs offer free and anonymous services including syringes, supplies, overdose prevention resources, and other services in several communities around Vermont. Clients of SSPs are protected from our state’s paraphernalia law.

Sterile syringes are also available at pharmacies throughout Vermont without a prescription. However, individual pharmacists may choose not to sell them.

Find a Syringe Service Program

Please call before you go. Because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, some services and sites normally offered by SSPs may not be available. We also recommend that you wear a cloth face mask and keep a social distance of six feet from others when you pick up your supplies. Find more information on preventing COVID-19.

See a list of services that are offered at each program

AIDS Project of Southern Vermont

Brattleboro SSP
15 Grove Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Hours: Tuesdays, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm for Walk-ins and Thursdays for mobile delivery by appointment.
Phone: 802-246-7147
 
Bennington SSP - Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services, Inc. (GBICS) 
121 Depot Street
Bennington, VT 05201
Hours: Mobile delivery by appointment 
Phone: 802-440-6776 (if no answer, call 802-246-7147)

Howard Center Safe Recovery

45 Clarke Street
Burlington, VT 05401
Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm; 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm (closed 12-1)
Phone: 802-488-6067

HIV/HCV Resource Center

Windsor and Orange Counties SSP
Mobile services are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm by appointment
White River Junction, Hartland, Windsor, Randolph, Royalton and surrounding towns: call Ryan at 603-306-7168 or Laura 603-306-1105.
Springfield and surrounding towns: call Ryan F. at 603-276-9698
Or email: Ryan@h2rc.org or Laura@h2rc.org or RFowler@h2rc.org

Vermont CARES

Barre SSP- People’s Health and Wellness Clinic
553 North Main St. #5
Barre, VT 05641
Hours: Mondays Walk-In, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm; mobile services available Monday-Friday (call 802-528-1139 to schedule an appointment) 
Phone: 802-345-4601, ext. 4 or 802-528-1139 
Email: Kim@vtcares.org or martina@vtcares.org 
 
Rutland SSP
1 Scale Avenue- Howe Center, Building #18 Suite #103 (In the back parking lot behind the Howe Center)
Rutland, VT 05701
Hours: Wednesday Walk-Ins, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm and Thursday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm; mobile services available Monday – Friday (call 802-528-1139 or 802-775-5884)
Phone: 802-775-5884 or 802-345-4601, ext. 4
 
St. Johnsbury SSP
1091 Hospital Drive, Suite 1
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
Hours: Thursday Walk-Ins, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm; office appointments and mobile services available Monday - Friday 
Phone: 802-748-9061 or 802-748-6802

Mobile Services (by county as available)

Serving Franklin, Grand Isle, Addison, Orleans, Lamoille, Essex, Rutland, Caledonia, Orange & Washington counties.
Hours: Available Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm by appointment
Call: 802-345-4601
 
Serving Windsor and Orange counties.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm by appointment
Call: 
Ryan at 603-306-7168 or Laura 603-306-1105 for In White River Junction, Windsor, Randolph, Royalton and surrounding towns
Ryan F. at 603-276-9698 for Springfield and surrounding towns
Email: Ryan@h2rc.org or Laura@h2rc.org or RFowler@h2rc.org
 
Morrisville - Betsy Perez Urology (51 Brigham Street, Morrisville): First Monday of the month 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  (no appointment needed); mobile services available Monday - Friday (call to schedule appointment) 
Phone: 802-748-6802 and 802-528-1139

Not sure which program is in your area? Call 802-565.LINK and ask for a syringe service program near you or search for a program here.

Services offered by each program

All programs currently offer these services

Sterile syringes and supplies
Sharps containers
Overdose prevention training
Narcan/Naloxone overdose reversal kits
Fentanyl test strips
Harm reduction education and information
Case management
Condoms and safer sex supplies
Safer sex information
HIV and Hepatitis C prevention education
Treatment options counseling
Referrals to treatment programs
Referrals to community resources for (e.g. housing, health insurance, legal problems)
Referrals to medical care

These are the services that are available now, during the COVID-19 pandemic. More services may be offered later when it can be done safely. 

Some programs are offering the Additional Services listed below

AIDS Project of Southern Vermont (Brattleboro & Bennington)

Abscess and wound care

Howard Center Safe Recovery

HIV and Hepatitis C testing
Hepatitis A and B vaccines
Abscess and wound care
Legal clinic
Treatment options counseling
Low barrier, medication-assisted treatment (buprenorphine)

HIV/HCV Resource (White River Junction & Springfield)

Safer smoking supplies

Vermont Cares (Barre, Rutland, St. Johnsbury, and mobile services covering Franklin, Grand Isle, Addison, Orleans, Lamoille, Essex, Rutland, Caledonia, Orange & Washington counties.

Safer smoking supplies
Abscess and wound care

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More Information

Vermont Operating Guidelines for Organized Community-based Safer Injection Support Programs

Vermont Statutes Related to Syringe Exchange Programs: