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DCoDPH to Offer Safe Syringe Program and FREE Naloxone Kits

Program to assist with opioid overdoses and proper needle disposal

Post Date:04/02/2018 10:58 AM

DURHAM, N.C. – The Durham County Department of Public Health (DCoDPH) will implement a safe syringe program (SSP) based on the guidance and program requirements from the NC Division of Public Health (NCDPH).  DCoDPH will provide a fixed-site (the DCoDPH Pharmacy) and mobile-site locations (through health education outreach) for comprehensive SSP services in the community, which includes harm reduction and access to HIV and hepatitis C screening and care.  SSP services will be provided free of charge and will operate under the health philosophy of harm reduction.

NCDPH has developed a Safer Syringe Initiative, which is a project to increase access to clean needles, hypodermic syringes and other injection supplies, facilitate the safe disposal of used needles and syringes, provide information about harm reduction and preventative health and connect people who inject drugs with treatment and medical and social services, as requested.

“Our safe syringe program is designed to alleviate the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C in our communities, reduce health risks associated with drug use, as well as provide a safe and secure option for needle disposal,” said Katie Mallette, allied health division director, DCoDPH.  “Right now we have about 250 kits on hand and are prepared to provide as many as possible.”

SSP packets will include:

  • 10 sterile 1.0mL syringes with fixed needles
  • Alcohol swabs
  • Tourniquet
  • Condoms
  • Sharps Container
  • Additional injection supplies
  • Printed material for harm reduction and ancillary services

SSP packets will be provided in a confidential manner, in order to be protective of individuals’ safety, security, and privacy.  Individuals will be strongly encouraged to dispose of their used needles and syringes in the sharps containers and/or bring them to the DCoDPH Pharmacy or Laboratory for safe and proper disposal.  Intranasal naloxone, HIV and hepatitis C testing, mental health and substance abuse counseling will be offered to all individuals requesting SSP services.

For more information, contact Katie Mallette at kmallette@dconc.gov or 919-560-7692.  Visit http://www.dconc.gov/government/departments-f-z/public-health/services/laboratory for information about DCoDPH Laboratory Services.

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