The opioid crisis is fueling a dramatic increase in infectious diseases associated with injection drug use. Reports of acute (new) hepatitis C virus (HCV) cases rose 3.5-fold from 2010 to 2016. The majority of new HCV infections are due to injection drug use. Over 2,500 new HIV infections occur each year among people who inject drugs (PWID). Syringe Services Programs (SSPs) reduce HIV and HCV infections and are an effective component of comprehensive community-based prevention and intervention programs that provide additional services. These include vaccination, testing, linkage to infectious disease care and substance use treatment, and access to and disposal of syringes and injection equipment. We were following the CDCs roadmap when we put together our Syringe Access Program to ensure best practices are the centerpiece of our program development. NVHRC is ready to get this program started!!! If you haven’t already, shoot an email to the California Department of Public Health at SEPApplication@cdph.ca.gov by August 12th in support of NVHRC and our application to become a Syringe Service Program in Butte County!