District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) is now offering a free, walk-in, anonymous, and confidential Syringe Service Program (SSP)/Harm Reduction Services in our offices, not including Missaukee County, during normal business hours.
- Alcohol Swabs
- Sterile Water
- Fentanyl Test Strips
- Educational Resources
Harm Reduction Services aim to reduce 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.
What are the benefits of an SSP?
- 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
Sharps Disposal Program
District Health Department #10 has a Sharps Disposal Program available.
Program details include:
– Open Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm, at all DHD#10 offices
– Syringes/needles must be in a standard sharps container or a laundry detergent jug that is taped shut and labeled “sharps”
– Loose sharps/needles will only be accepted in the outdoor disposal box and in small quantities
– FREE sharps containers are available
– Medications will NOT be accepted
Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can reverse an overdose from opioids, including heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioid medications when given in time. Naloxone is easy to use and small to carry. Click here to learn more about Naloxone, what it is, why it’s important, how it works, and how to use it.
Naloxone Fact Sheets for Healthcare Providers
Clinicians play an important role in raising awareness about Naloxone. Click here to learn more about how to talk to your patients and their family, friends, and caregivers about the benefits of Naloxone.
Protect Friends and Family with Lifesaving Naloxone (video)
- Next Distro: https://nextdistro.org/ (online option)
- Naloxone For All – https://www.naloxoneforall.org/ (online option)
- Naloxone Vending Machines:
- Wexford County Jail – 1015 Lincoln St., Cadillac | 231-876-3813
- Manistee County Jail – 1525 E. Parkdale Ave., Manistee | 231-723-8435
- Manistee Harm Reduction Michigan – 115 Washington St, Manistee | 231-493-5124
- Click here for a list of Naloxone Distribution Boxes and Vending Machines
- Red Project locations – contact Red Project for locations
- Harm Reduction Locations – contact Harm Reduction Michigan for locations
Harm Reduction Michigan
Never Use Alone
- If you’re going to use by yourself call Never Use Alone. You will be asked your first name, location, and the number you are calling from. An operator will stay on the line with you while you use. If you stop responding after using, the operator will notify emergency medical services (EMS) of an unresponsive person at your location.
- ATS SUD Treatment Flyer
- Northern Michigan Regional Entity (NMRE) Confidential Access Center
- If you or a loved one is struggling with substance use, you can get help now by calling 800-834-3393 (Kalkaska, Manistee, Crawford, Wexford, Missaukee Counties)
- Help Me Get to Treatment (Kalkaska, Manistee, Crawford, Wexford, Missaukee Counties)
- Michigan State Police Angel Program – The MSP Angel Program allows an individual struggling with a drug addiction to walk into a MSP post during regular business hours and ask for assistance.
- About the MSP Angel Program – https://www.michigan.gov/msp/divisions/grantscommunityservices/angel/about/about-the-msp-angel-program
- Click here for a listing of MSP post locations – https://www.michigan.gov/msp/posts
- MSP Angel Program Brochure
– Looking for support in your recovery? Give NMSAS Recovery Center a call:
– NMSAS Recovery Center Peer Recovery Support Services: 989-370-7608
– Tory Werth: firstname.lastname@example.org
– Kelly Korson: email@example.com
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. It is a major contributor to fatal and nonfatal overdoses in the U.S.
DEA Fact Sheet on Fentanyl
CDC information on Fentanyl
Protect Yourself from the Dangers of Fentanyl (video)
Fentanyl Test Strips
Fentanyl test strips (FTS) are a low-cost method of helping prevent drug overdoses and reducing harm. Click the link below (or click here) to learn more about Fentanyl Test Strips, why it’s important to have access to them, and how to use them.
Words Matter – Click the video below to learn about how the words and labels we use can either hurt or heal.
Words Matter: Preferred Language for Talking About Addiction
With simple changes in language harmful stigma and negativity around SUD can be reduced or avoided. Read on to learn more about what stigma is, how it affects people with SUD, and how you can help make a change.
FAN Stigma Workbook
I’m Still A Person – The Stigma of Substance use & Power of Respect Workbook is an interactive workbook created to help give people the knowledge required to address substance use-related stigma within themselves, their families, and their communities. Click here to download a copy of the workbook.