Safer Drug Use During the COVID-19 Outbreak - Guidelines
COVID-19 Guidance for Harm Reduction Programs
Addiction to opiates/opioids is no longer a hidden issue - it is in plain sight.
Substance use disorder, especially the use of opiates injected intravenously, has become an epidemic in Butler County and is resulting in unprecedented overdose death.
Harm Reduction programs can help reduce the negative impacts of the opioid epidemic.
WHAT IS HARM REDUCTION?
Harm reduction is a comprehensive, public health initiative intended to reduce the negative effects of drug and alcohol use.
Harm reduction programs exist for several types of drugs, including opioids, alcohol, stimulants, Ecstasy, and marijuana. They range from needle exchange sites to managed alcohol programs to drug-testing kits at music festivals.
HARM REDUCTION PROGRAMS
All programs are FREE for Butler County residents
PROJECT DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone)
A free community-based overdose education and naloxone distribution program. Provides a drug overdose prevention and educational program for family, friends, or other interested parties, of those who are at high risk for Opioid Overdose.
Project DAWN participants receive training on:
- Recognizing the signs and symptoms of overdose
- Distinguishing between different types of overdose
- Performing rescue breathing
- Calling emergency medical services
- Administering intranasal Naloxone
Classes are held at the Butler County General Health District. To schedule an appointment call (513) 863-1770
BLOODBORNE INFECTIOUS DISEASE PREVENTION PROGRAM (BIDPP)
Also known as needle or syringe exchange programs, BIDPP is a comprehensive, mobile community-based public health initiative that provides disease prevention, education and referral services for people who inject drugs.
BIDPP services include:
- Referral to treatment programs to combat addiction, as well as to medical, mental health and social services
- Education about overdose prevention, infectious diseases and injection safety
- Safe disposal of used injection equipment
- Access to sterile injection equipment to fight the spread of infectious diseases
- Testing and referral to treatment for infectious diseases such as hepatitis, HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and pregnancy testing
- Hepatitis vaccination
- Access to an overdose reversing drug; and distribution of personal care items such as socks and underwear, as needed.
BUTLER COUNTY LOCATIONS
10 AM - 1 PM
400 block of Crawford Street, Middletown, Ohio.
Call the Middletown City Health Department for more information (513) 425-1818
Made possible by a partnership with the City of Middletown Health Department and the Butler County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Services Board (MHARS Board)
2 PM- 5 PM
Mercy Fairfield Hospital, 3000 Mack Road, Fairfield, Ohio
*Located in a gravel lot behind the hospital
Made possible by a partnership with the Fairfield Opiate Task Force, Mercy Health and the Butler County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Services Board (MHARS Board)
For more information visit: Exchange Project
Follow the Exchange Project on social media for daily updates. Facebook and Twitter
MOBILE COMMUNITY TESTING
Caracole's mobile testing van travels provides easy community access to FREE HIV and HEPATITS C testing, educational materials and community referrals.
If you have questions regarding community testing, to find where will be located,* or to inquire about bringing our van to your event/location, please contact the HIV Prevention team at 513.761.1480 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
* Van locations are subject to change dependent upon weather.
LOCATION DATE TIME
Butler County HD 2nd Thursday each month 11 AM – 1 PM
Walgreen’s Hamilton 2nd Thursday each month 2 PM – 5 PM
- Press Release: Final public meeting on February 6, to address questions about Bloodborne Infectious Disease Prevention Program (January 4, 2019)
DATA AND REPORTS
- 2018 Ohio Drug Overdose Data: General Findings
- Interactive Website, Coroner's Butler County Drug Overdose Data, 2013 - 2018, MU application
- CDC: Fentanyl & Fentanyl Analogs 07/11/2018
- Overdose Data Tool Butler County (Updated Daily)
- 2017 Butler County Overdose Report
- Ohio Department of Health - 2016 Drug Overdose Data
- Butler County Coroner Data 2013 - 2018, Interactive Website Tool
HOTLINES AND EDUCATION RESOURCES