Syringe Service Program (SSP)

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.

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

Sharps Disposal Flyer – 10 County

Naloxone

Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can reverse an overdose from opioids, including heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioid medications.

Never Use Alone

  • https://neverusealone.com/
  • 1-800-484-3731
  • 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.

Treatment Resources

Recovery Supports

https://www.drugfreenorthernmichigan.net/recovery/recovery-supports.html
– Looking for support in your recovery? Give NMSAS Recovery Center a call:
– NMSAS Recovery Center Peer Recovery Support Services: 989-370-7608
– Tory Werth: twerth@nmsas.org
– Kelly Korson: kkorson@nmsas.org