Weekly Syringe Exchange starts Tuesday at Grand Towers in Newport.
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The following information is from the NKY Health Department.Starting on Tuesday, April 14, Campbell County will hold a weekly syringe access exchange program at Grand Towers Apartments, located at 1359 N Grand Avenue, Newport, KY 41071.
The Campbell County Syringe Access Exchange Program has temporarily moved the Needle Exchange Services to Highrise Drive, which is off Churchill Drive at the intersection of North Grand Drive in Newport. The mobile unit is open on Tuesdays only from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. until further notice.
All participants must be in line by 3:30 pm to be seen. The syringe access exchange program is open to residents of Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties who inject drugs.
Services offered include:
Clean needles and injection equipment on a one-for-one basis
Safe disposal of contaminated equipment
Referrals to addiction treatment
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SB 192, passed in March 2015, allows for syringe exchanges to operate in Kentucky. However, their use must be approved by the Board of Health and county/city government (if applicable) in which they operate. In Campbell County, this exchange service has been approved since 2016 by the Campbell County Fiscal Court. It was also approved by the City of Newport in February 2018. The program launched in July 2018.
Syringe access exchange programs are a tool to reduce the threat of infectious disease spread through infected equipment, as well as a way to connect people who inject drugs to treatment resources and other health services.
The syringe access exchange program is open to residents of Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties who inject drugs.
Services offered include;
- Clean needles and injection equipment on a one-for-one basis
- Safe disposal of contaminated equipment
- Naloxone overdose reversal kits
- Referrals to addiction treatment
Caracole has provided their mobile health unit to help NKY Health with the weekly exchange program.
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