Syringe Exchanges in Tennessee

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Syringe exchanges, known as Syringe Services Programs (SSP) by the Tennessee Department of Health, aren’t very common in Tennessee. There are two in West Tennessee, one in Middle Tennessee, and three in East Tennessee.

According to the state’s Allison Wilhelm, as of April 21, 2020, there are seven current SSP sites — two in Memphis, two in Nashville, and three in East Tennessee (Chattanooga, Johnson City, and Knoxville).

Memphis

The Memphis Area Prevention Coalition’s Safe Point operates each Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. It can be found at 28 N. Claybrook Street in Memphis, Tennessee.

A Betor Way is also in Memphis, though at 1571 Sycamore View Road. It operates every Friday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Nashville

Nashville is only home to one SSP, Street Works, which ran for years on an underground, illegal basis before earning an official title as one of the Volunteer State’s few Syringe Services Programs. In Madison, on 907 Gallatin Pike, Street Works operates from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

You can also call (615) 779–4840 for more information.

East Tennessee

East Tennessee is home to three SSPs, two of which are run by Cempa Community Care, the other by Choice Health Network.

Chattanooga

Chattanooga’s SSP is run by Cempa and can be found at 1042 East 3rd St. It operates from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday; an additional hour in the evenings on Tuesdays; and closes early on Fridays at 12:30 p.m.

Johnson City

The Tri-Cities’ area’s sole SSP, also known as the Syringe Trade and Education Program of Tennessee (STEP TN), is found at 615 North State of Franklin St. in Johnson City and runs Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., though is closed for lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Knoxville

Operated by Choice Health Network, Knoxville’s SSP is found at 701 N. Cherry St. and operates for two hours on Monday and Thursday, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Long-term drug user, writer, practicing harm reductionist. Lifelong resident of rural Tennessee. Director of Tennessee Harm Reduction.