SHaRI (Springfield Harm Reduction Initiative) Project is the Center’s syringe exchange program. This project is a part of a research project being conducted by the Chicago Recovery Alliance (www.anypositivechange.org). The purpose of giving out clean syringes and collecting dirty ones is in an effort to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. Individuals must enroll in the program and they must present their enrollment card at each visit.
Available items include: syringes, Sharp’s container, tourniquets, alcohol wipes, sterile water, band-aids, cotton pellets, and triple antibiotic ointment. Also available is training on the use of Naloxone the overdose prevention drug and the drug itself with the appropriate syringes. Dirty needles may be turned in for disposal.
SHaRI Project hours are Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.