Project Term: 24 months; 2015-2017
Grant Amount: $50,000
This project will revive the Needle Exchange Program that operated on the Fort Peck Reservation from the summer of 2009 to January 2012. As one of the first and only needle exchange programs operated in a rural reservation in the US, Fort Peck’s employed a unique and successful protocol. This program will be reinstated and expanded to provide injection drug users with clean needles, education, sharps containers for safe disposal of needles, and referrals to addictions counseling if needed. The main objective of this intervention will be to reduce transmission of blood-borne illnesses such as hepatitis C and HIV.