The focus of harm reduction is to minimize the risk
inherent in a dangerous behavior, like using harmful drugs.
For those who are not ready to enter into a recovery program, or their loved ones, there are several things you can do to minimize the risk of getting a disease like Hepatitis or HIV or having a fatal overdose.
Naloxone is a medication used to prevent opioid overdoses. It can counteract life-threatening depression of the central nervous system and respiratory system, allowing an overdose victim to “wake up” and breathe normally. Naloxone is a medication that you can get and be trained to use at La Familia Medical Center. If you or someone you know is using opioids, heroin or any other kind of narcotics, even if it’s prescribed by a doctor, it’s a good idea to get a naloxone (Narcan) spray dispenser and keep it handy at all times.
La Familia also has a needle exchange program that allows intravenous drug users the ability to exchange their used needles for new, clean needles. Using clean needles reduces the transmission of blood-borne diseases, such as Hepatitis C and HIV, from one person to another and decreases the likelihood of the user acquiring an infection. Those who need clean needles can bring their old needles to exchange to our Healthcare for the Homeless clinic at 1532 Cerrillos Road.
Needle Exchange Locations:
La Familia Healthcare for the Homeless
Monday-Friday 8:00- 12:00 and 1:00-5:00
Monday-Friday 9:00-12:30 and 1:30-4:00
Public Health Office
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00-4:30