To schedule a training for your organization, please contact the Opioid Response Team at (804) 592-8069 or email@example.com.
ANNOUNCING: SPIKE ALERT
No matter what you use or how you use it- carry naloxone, go slow, and have a buddy.
3:00-5:00 1111 25th St., Richmond,VA 23223 (parking lot across from Planned Parenthood)
9:00am -12:00pm Henrico West Human Services, 8600 Dixon Powers Dr. Henrico, VA 23228
9:00am -12:00pm Richmond City Health Department, 400 East Cary St., Richmond, VA 23219
REDUCING HARMS / NEEDLE EXCHANGE
A comprehensive harm reduction program is now available in Richmond!
Virginia’s second needle exchange program is an initiative aimed at reducing the risk of spreading bloodborne disease by offering clean needles to injection drug users in Richmond.
The Health Brigade, formerly the Fan Free Clinic, is offering a comprehensive harm-reduction program. It provides HIV and hepatitis C testing, referrals to substance use treatment and other services alongside the clean syringes that the clinic gives away in exchange for used ones. Free naloxone is available at all comprehensive harm-reduction program sites.
New laws around safe reporting and syringe exchange
Virginia has passed a series of laws that protect people reporting overdoses and those participating in needle exchange programs.
SSB 667: Safe Reporting — Effective July 1, 2020
No one is subject to arrest or prosecution for drugs/paraphernalia if seeking emergency medical attention for themselves or others who are overdosing.Individuals are expected to remain at the scene and identify themselves to emergency services. This law acts as affirmative defense; admitting that there was a crime but offering an explanation or justification for the incident.
VCU Rams in Recovery Flyer: Calling 911 on an Overdose Just Got Safer (PDF)
Virginia law protects participants in needle exchange programs by stating that laws prohibiting the possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, and controlled paraphernalia shall not apply to any person acting on behalf or for the benefit of a comprehensive harm reduction program when such possession is incidental to the provision of services as part of a comprehensive harm reduction program.
HEALTH BRIGADE NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAM LOCATION & HOURS
5-8 pm Health Brigade back parking lot (1010 N. Thompson St.)
12pm-3pm Church Hill, Lucks Field (Rogers St. and “T” Street)
12pm-3pm Northside Location (Corner of North Ave and Wickham St.)
12pm-3pm Southside (Corner of Dinwiddie and Jefferson Davis)
Education, Prevention, Treatment, Recovery for our Region.
BounceBackHC.com provides a comprehensive, regionally-focused clearinghouse of information about opioids as well as services available for treatment, recovery and prevention. It directs those needing immediate help or recovery support to resources, and it offers practical guidance, for example, on discussing pain-relieving alternatives with a doctor as well as what parents can do if their child is suspected of using drugs.
OPIOID DATA & RESOURCES
- Virginia Opioid Addiction Indicators Dashboard (Virginia Department of Health)
- Virginia Fatal Drug Overdose Data (Virginia Department of Health)
- Virginia Emergency Department Visits for Drug Overdose Data (Virginia Department of Health)
- Virginia Social Indicators Dashboard
- National Opioid Prescribing Rate Maps (Centers from Disease Control and Prevention)
Need help finding resources?
Call (804) 205-3500 or 211
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