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Opioid Prevention and Response

Safer Drug Use During the COVID-19 Outbreak - Guidelines

COVID-19 Guidance for Harm Reduction Programs

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. 

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.

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  

Caracole’s prevention program provides FREE, anonymous or confidential HIV testing at their Northside office location and out in the Greater Cincinnati tristate community.

No appointment necessary, but they are available. 
Test results come back in just 1 minute, with a simple finger prick. 

When: 2nd and 4th Friday of every month
Time: 11 AM - 4 PM
Where: Butler County General Health District 
301 South Third Street
Hamilton, OH 45011

If you have questions regarding community testing, to find where we will be located, or to inquire about bringing our van to your event/location, please contact the HIV prevention team at prevention@caracole.org or call/text 513.334.4617.

2018 Ohio Drug Overdose Data: General Findings
Interactive Website, Coroner's Butler County Drug Overdose Data, 2013 - 2018, MU application
CDC: Fentanyl & Fentanyl Analogs 07/11/2018

2017 Butler County Overdose Report
Ohio Department of Health - 2016 Drug Overdose Data
Butler County Coroner Data 2013 - 2018, Interactive Website Tool