The Barren River District Health Department is pleased to announce that we have received $17,346 from United Way of Southern Kentucky to go towards Harm Reduction efforts in Logan County. The goal of the project funded is to get approval for a Harm Reduction and Syringe Exchange Program (HRSEP) in Logan County.
In order to accomplish this, we will host various educational sessions with community members and key decision makers. These sessions will allow Logan County residents to ask questions and receive information on the importance of these services to the health and safety of their community. Funding will also purchase basic start-up supplies needed for a HRSEP in Logan County.
Harm reduction programs help to reduce opioid overdose rates, lower the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C, and link people who use drugs to live-saving treatment resources. According to the CDC, new clients of HRSEPs are five times more likely to enter treatment than those who do not. These programs protect the public and first responders from accidental needle sticks by providing locations for safe syringe disposal. Since August of 2016, our HRSEPs in Warren and Barren Counties have kept over 63,000 used needles off the streets of our community.
For more information on harm reduction efforts in the Barren River District, visit www.barrenriverhealth.org and follow us on social media.
***Information gathered from https://www.cdc.gov/ssp/syringe-services-programs-faq.html