ANNOUNCING: SPIKE ALERT
RHHD NOW OFFERS FREE FENTANYL TEST STRIPS
Fentanyl test strips can be used to detect the presence of fentanyl in injectable drugs, as well as powder and pills. Fentanyl is a very potent opioid that more and more is being found in typically non-opioid drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine. Fentanyl may also be present in illicit pills. Unless a pill is dispensed by a pharmacist or clinician, there is a chance it is a counterfeit pill and may contain fentanyl. Fentanyl has been found in counterfeit XANAX, Percocet, OxyContin, Valium, and others. Testing drugs can help a person make a more informed choice about their use and reducing risk of an opioid overdose. Fentanyl Test Strips are available during In-Person Naloxone trainings and at community dispensing events.
No matter what you use or how you use it- carry naloxone, go slow, and have a buddy.
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.
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
Mondays: 5-8pm Health Brigade
1010 N. Thompson St., Back parking lot
Tuesdays mobile: 12-3pm Church Hill
1403 N. 20th St. (at Rogers St. and T St.)
Wednesdays mobile: 12-3pm Northside
Corner of North Ave and Wickham St.
Thursdays mobile: 12-3pm Southside
Corner of Dinwiddie and Jefferson Davis
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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