Muhlenberg County Health Department Harm Reduction
Harm reduction is a set of ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with substance misuse for individuals, their families and communities by meeting people where they are. The practice extends to many services including disease prevention, syringe exchange, safer use practices and linking people to access to other services that are needed such as substance use treatment and behavioral health services.
MCHD promotes harm reduction by offering an anonymous, free harm reduction program. Clients of this program bring in their used needles and exchange them for clean syringes and other supplies including, condoms, fentanyl test strips, and naloxone. We also provide education, referrals to treatment and free anonymous testing for HIV. Other STI testing services are provided on a confidential basis.
Syringe Exchange Fact Sheet:
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Naloxone reverses overdoses. We provide free Naloxone and training to clients of the syringe exchange. Kentucky Department for Public Health also has a Mobile Pharmacy.
Opioid Overdose & Naloxone instruction sheet Overdose and Naloxone Web (canva.com)
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