PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITY

Harm Reduction and
Syringe Service Program

Access Northwest

At HDNW, we offer an anonymous and confidential Syringe Service Program (SSP).

Individuals can request a Safe Use Kit(s) via our front desk staff and the kit contains:
  • Syringes
  • Alcohol Swabs
  • Sterile Water
  • Cookers
  • Cottons
  • Tourniquets
  • Fentanyl Test Strips
  • Condoms
  • Educational Resources

 

The SSP program offers harm reduction aimed at reducing the negative effects associated with drug use. IV drug use is a serious issue and one that impacts our communities. In addition to the risk of addiction and overdose, it puts people at risk of hepatitis C and HIV infection, along with skin, blood, and heart infections, as well as many other health risks.

Free Naloxone (Narcan®) Kits

Naloxone (Narcan®) is a safe medication that can save someone’s life by reversing the effects of an opioid overdose. Narcan is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids, such as such as heroin, morphine, and oxycodone.

Narcan is administered when a patient is showing signs of an opioid overdose. Narcan is a temporary treatment and its effects do not last long. Therefore, it is critical to obtain medical intervention as soon as possible after administering/receiving Narcan.

In partnership with the Northern Michigan Response Consortium (NMORC), HDNW dispenses anonymous and confidential Narcan kits to individuals in each of our clinic locations and also hosts an outdoor, free "vending" machine available 24/7.

What are the Benefits of SSP

    • Reduce HIV prevalence by as much as 50%
    • Reduce hepatitis C prevalence by as much has 50%
    • Support participants in being 5 times more likely to access substance use disorder and recovery services and stay enrolled in those services.
    • Increase the proper disposal of syringes and hazardous materials
    • Increase access to substance use disorder treatment and recovery services
    • Reduce accidental needle sticks by 66% in law enforcement professionals
    • Reduce HIV prevalence by as much as 50%
    • Reduce hepatitis C prevalence by as much has 50%
    • SSP participants have been shown to be up to 5 times more likely to access substance use disorder and recovery services and stay enrolled in those services than others who inject drugs and are not utilizing an SSP program
    • Increase the proper disposal of syringes and hazardous materials
    • Increase access to substance use disorder treatment and recovery services
    • Reduce accidental needle sticks by 66% in law enforcement professionals

How To Administer Narcan®