Needle Exchange Program [NEP]

Synonyms:
Needle and Syringe Program, NSP, Syringe-Exchange Program, SEP

A needle and syringe program (NSP), syringe-exchange program (SEP), or needle exchange program (NEP) is a social service that allows injecting drug users (IDUs) to obtain hypodermic needles and associated paraphernalia at little or no cost. It is based on the philosophy of harm reduction that attempts to reduce the risk factors for diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.

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