Project Term: 24 months; Ended 2018
Grant Amount: $50,000
This project revived the Needle Exchange Program that operated on the Fort Peck Reservation from the summer of 2009 to January 2012 and expanded it to provide injection drug users with clean needles, education, sharps containers for safe disposal of needles, and referrals to addictions counseling if needed. 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. The project’s main goal is to reduce the transmission of blood-borne illnesses such as hepatitis C and HIV. This program successfully now serves more than 200 clients on the Fort Peck Reservation and will be sustained indefinitely through a HRSA grant.