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Life After the Ban: An Assessment of US Syringe Exchange Programs’ Attitudes About and Early Experiences with Federal Funding

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Albany N.Y. (March 27, 2012) - Despite the temporary removal of a ban on federal funds for syringe exchange programs, few programs received federal financial support during 2010-2011 as they faced multiple barriers to accessing the money, a new study finds. Instead, the programs -- intended to prevent the spread of HIV and viral hepatitis -- continued to rely heavily on funding from state and local governments and private sources, and report ongoing funding concerns.

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Erika G. Martin

Erika G. Martin, assistant professor in the department of public administration and policy at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy and a fellow at the College’s Rockefeller Institute of Government, is one of the authors of the study, “Life After the Ban: An Assessment of US Syringe Exchange Programs' Attitudes About and Early Experiences with Federal Funding." The article was published earlier this month in the American Journal of Public Health.