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Opioid Prevention and Response


Safer Drug Use During the COVID-19 Outbreak - Guidelines

COVID-19 Guidance for Harm Reduction Programs

OVERVIEW
Addiction to opiates/opioids is no longer a hidden issue - it is in plain sight. 

Substance use disorder, especially the use of opiates injected intravenously, has become an epidemic in Butler County and is resulting in unprecedented overdose death. 

This has impacted the health of the public significantly.  Hepatitis, HIV and sexually-transmitted infections are on the rise. Since 2002, new cases of HIV has increased by 800% and Hepatitis C cases have increased by 300% in Butler County. 

Harm Reduction programs can help reduce the negative impacts of the opioid epidemic. 

WHAT IS HARM REDUCTION? 
Harm reduction is a comprehensive, public health initiative intended to reduce the negative effects of drug and alcohol use. 

Harm reduction programs exist for several types of drugs, including opioids, alcohol, stimulants, Ecstasy, and marijuana. They range from needle exchange sites to managed alcohol programs to drug-testing kits at music festivals.
HARM REDUCTION PROGRAMS
All programs are FREE for Butler County residents 

PROJECT DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone)
A free community-based overdose education and naloxone distribution program. Provides a drug overdose prevention and educational program for family, friends, or other interested parties, of those who are at high risk for Opioid Overdose.


Project DAWN participants receive training on:

  • Recognizing the signs and symptoms of overdose
  • Distinguishing between different types of overdose
  • Performing rescue breathing
  • Calling emergency medical services
  • Administering intranasal Naloxone
All Participants will receive a free kit containing 2 doses of Naloxone.

Classes are held at the Butler County General Health District. To schedule an appointment call (513) 863-1770  


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