Harm Reduction Syringe Services Program

HRC

Clark County Public Health’s program uses a range of services to expand the knowledge, skills, and resources that support individuals, families and communities to be safer and healthier.

Location and hours of operation :

Clark County Public Health's
Syringe Services Harm Reduction Center

1010 Grand Blvd, Vancouver 98661
Phone - 360.750.8610 (during services) or 564.397.8082 (for info)

 

Our Harm Reduction Syringe Services program is closed due to air quality Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 and Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.

 

Our Harm Reduction Syringe Services program is  open  1-4 pm Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays.

 

Services offered: syringe exchange, naloxone, and Fentanyl test kits only.

New Syringe Services Guidelines During COVID-19:

  • There is no parking at the building. Please do not park next door.
  • Wear a mask or face covering if you have one.
  • Keep a minimum of  6 feet away from other people at all times.
  • Enter at the back of the building.
  • Plan for services to take extra time. We are serving one person at a time inside the building.

Click here to see a list of other syringe exchanges in the region that are currently offering services.

 

Harm Reduction Center Closures

 

  • Wednesday      Sept. 16
  • Friday               Sept. 18
  • Wednesday      Nov. 11
  • Friday               Nov.  27
  • Friday               Dec. 25

 

 

Best C-Tran routes close to Harm Reduction Center:

  #6 - Fruit Valley (stop Grand & McLoughlin)

#30 – Burton (stop Grand & McLoughlin)

#37 – Mill Plain/Fisher’s Landing (stop Mill Plain & Grand)

#32 – Evergreen/Andresen (stop Evergreen & Grand)

What is harm reduction?

Harm reduction is a series of interventions designed to be practical, effective, safe and cost effective in minimizing negative health, social and legal impacts associated with drug use, drug policies and drug laws.

Harm reduction is grounded in justice and human rights; it focuses on positive change and on working with people without judgment, coercion, and discrimination by meeting them where they are in their lives.  

What are the benefits of harm reduction related to substance use?

Harm reduction has many benefits for people who use substances, their families, and communities. Research shows harm reduction activities can:

  • Reduce the transmission of blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases, including HIV and Hepatitis C
  • Reduce overdose deaths and other early deaths among people who use substances
  • Reduce injection substance use in public places, and reduce the number of used needles in public
  • Reduce the sharing of syringes and other substance-use equipment
  • Reduce crime and increase employment among people who use substances
  • Educate about safe substance use practices and reduce the frequency of use
  • Educate about safer sex and sexual health and increase condom use
  • Support clients by providing linkage to community resources
  • Increased success in recovery

For more information about Syringe Services Programs go to the CDC website: CDC Syringe Services Programs

What services are offered?

  • Anonymous one-to-one syringe exchange and safe syringe disposal
  • Overdose prevention education and naloxone kit distribution
  • Hepatitis C testing - confidential (finger stick, rapid test, results in 20 minutes)
  • HIV testing - confidential (finger stick, rapid test, results while you wait)
  • Safer-sex supplies
  • Resources and referrals to community agencies (medication-assisted recovery/treatment (MAR/T), PrEP (HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), insurance navigation

Volunteer opportunities:

  • Contact Sandi Kendrick at 564.397.8086 or email

Harm reduction resources:

 

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