The Monroe County Health Officer sent a declaration of a local public health emergency to the Commissioners as part of the required process to request a Syringe Access Program (SAP). View that declaration here.
Syringe exchange presentation given during September 4 Commissioner meeting
View the Monroe County Health Department's statement on Syringe Access Programs here.
For research and information from the IU Center for Health Policy regarding injection use and the risk it poses for HIV transmission, click here.
Could you or someone you know be at risk of overdosing from an opiate drug? Aaron's Law, (Indiana Senate Bill 405) allows the general publc to administer naloxone, a drug used to reverse opioid overdoses, to a freind or family person who is experiencing an opioid overdose. Due to a grant from the Indiana State Department of Health, the Monroe County Health Department can provide it free, along with a brief training on how to use it. For more information, call 812-349-2722.
SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM (SEP) PLAN
The Monroe County Health Department contracts with the Indiana Recovery Alliance (IRA) to operate a syringe services program in Monroe County. The IRA was created to provide harm reduction resources to Indiana residents in accordance with Senate Bill 461. The IRA's goal is to provide services to participants who self-identify as intravenous drug users in Monroe County, Indiana and to promote and facilitate harm reduction via any positive change as a person defines it for themselves. For more information, visit their website at http://indianarecoveryalliance.org/.
The Monroe County Health Department received approval to continue the Syringe Exchange Program (SEP) during 2017. View last year's annual report here.
Wondering what syringe exchanges or syringe services are? This video from LA gives some insight from law enforcement and program view. This is an example of one program following best practices.
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