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Syringe services

Brianne Probasco

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Syringe services is a public health program for people who use drugs by injection.

Syringe services provides new, sterile syringes and clean injection equipment in exchange for used, contaminated syringes.  This reduces the spread of HIV and other blood-borne infections among people who inject drugs, their families, and communities.

Syringe services include:

The Grays Harbor County Public Health and Social Services Department offers syringe services every Wednesday from 11:30am-3:30pm.  These services are provided at an off-site location.  For location information, contact Dan Homchick at (360) 500-4066.  We do not exchange syringes at our clinic.


Other Information

Community and public safety benefits of syringe services programs

Download and print a fact sheet about the benefits of syringe services programs (.pdf)

Download and print a fact sheet about the benefits of syringe services programs (.pdf)

 

HIV

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Fentanyl

There are reports that fentanyl is in the Grays Harbor drug market.

Fentanyl is being sold in:

  • pill form as fake oxycodone, Xanax, and other club drugs
  • powder form as heroin or fent
  • powder form mixed into drugs like crystal meth and cocaine

Fentanyl is 50-100 times more potent than heroin or morphine.  The high potency of fentanyl greatly increases the risk of overdose, especially if a person who uses drugs is unaware that a powder or pill contains fentanyl.

If someone overdoses, always call 911 first.  If you have naloxone, follow protocols for using it.  Give them one dose, wait 2-3 minutes to see if they respond, then give a second dose.  Because fentanyl is so strong, the help of emergency responders, who will have more naloxone, is critical.

Download and print a fentanyl warning sheet (.pdf)

Download and print a fentanyl warning sheet (.pdf)