Contact: Carol Schliesinger
Public Relations Manager
SAN ANTONIO (May 21, 2018) – A multi-agency planning group will convene a syringe summit, the first of its kind, to discuss syringe exchange services in San Antonio.
The summit will take place on May 23, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Living Church at Woodlawn Pointe, 702 Donaldson Avenue. The event is designed to assist local entities currently providing this service, such as pharmacies, understand the law and available resources. The event will also serve as an opportunity to network and learn about options to implement syringe exchange services locally.
Stakeholders involved in the initiative include Bexar County, Center for Health Care Services, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, St. Luke’s Missionary Baptist Church, Texas Overdose Naloxone Initiative “TONI”, University Health System, the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing, University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy and community members with a passion for harm reduction.
Used or shared syringes are associated with the transmission of HIV and Hepatitis C. In San Antonio, the average age of people dying from Hepatitis C is 59-years old. One in ten new cases of HIV diagnosis in the United States is attributed to injection drugs. Additionally, one in seven people living with HIV and at least 50 percent of individuals with Hepatitis C do not know they are infected. Previously, San Antonio had a syringe exchange program that operated from 2007 to 2008.