Saline

Saline Water Saline water is simply salt water. It can be used for injection, rinsing contact lenses and nostrils, as well as rinsing out abscesses or other wounds. Some individuals prefer saline to water for mixing their drugs because they think it is easier on their veins, other people believe that the salt cuts into…

Cottons

Cottons Information taken directly from “Guide to Developing and Managing Syringe Access Programs” by Harm Reduction Coalition, 2010. “Cottons”, also called filters, are used to filter impurities in the drug mix when pulling it into the syringe. Filters should be 100% cotton (or a medically appropriate alternative) and usually come in the form of smaller…

Antibiotic Ointment

Antibiotic Ointment Information taken directly from “Guide to Developing and Managing Syringe Access Programs” by Harm Reduction Coalition, 2010 Antibacterial ointment can be helpful in addressing concerns related to minor skin and/or injection-related infections and increase healing time. Skin infections and puncture wounds can increase risk of HCV and blood-borne infections because they provide an…

Sugar-free Gum

Used to help preserve tooth enamel as smoking crack reduces saliva production and may lead to tooth decay. Sugar-free gum containing Xylitol will help keep saliva production up and prevent teeth from decay. Make sure to purchase gum that comes in foil push-pouches (rather than a paper cover). Foil pouches can be cut easily and…

Sexual Lubricants

Flavored and Unflavored Sexual Lubricants Lubricants are an important part of safer sex. Lubrication minimized friction during sexual activity which minimizes the chance of tears in the vagina, vulva or anus which make STI/HIV transmission more likely. -Flavored lubricants are a bit of a gimmick, they don’t necessarily taste good. That being said the gimmick…

Tourniquet

Tourniquet (Tie) Although they are not provided by amfAR, your agency will want to consider providing tourniquets which are an excellent investment in the promotion of vein health for intravenous drug using participants. Tourniquets can be purchased through Safety Works, Total Access Group and in bulk through medical supply websites. Some resource-strapped programs promote latex…

Female Condom

Female Condom A female condom is a device that is used during sexual intercourse as a barrier contraceptive and to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs—such as gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV) and unintended pregnancy. Invented by Danish MD Lasse Hessel, it is worn internally by the female partner and provides a physical barrier…

Sharps Containers

Sharps Containers Sharps containers come in all shapes and sizes. amfAR containers range from 1 pint to 8 gallons, please check the amfAR Syringe Exchange Supply Order Form for sizes and Item #’s. Fitpacks (the black container to the right) are excellent personal use sharps containers small enough to fit in a purse or bag.…

Information and Educational Pamphlets

Educational Pamphlets Want a fun way to reward staff for reading and understanding the educational pamphlets you provide at your site? Use a staff meeting to host a Educational Pamphlet Bingo; use facts taken directly from pamphlets. Don’t forget to provide prizes. Where to get educational pamphlets? Contact publishers below. Harm Reduction Coalition New York…