Project Term: 24 months; Ended 2017
Grant Amount: $50,000
This project revived a needle exchange program that operated on the Fort Peck Reservation from the summer of 2009 to January 2012. The main objective of this intervention was to reduce transmission of blood-borne illnesses such as hepatitis C and HIV. Fort Peck developed and implemented a unique and successful needle exchange protocol which was one of the first operated in a rural reservation in the US. This program 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.