Harm reduction events are held at:
- Seaside: Providence Seaside Hospital, 725 S. Wahanna Road, in the parking lot. The first event on their campus will take place on Thursday, February 1st from 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.
- Astoria: Pier 32, at the end of 32nd Street behind Safeway, every Thursday from 1 – 2 p.m.
In an effort to combat growing rates of infectious disease among intravenous drug users, the Clatsop County Public Health Department launched a needle exchange program in October 2017. With the growing use of heroin across the United States – a trend mirrored in Oregon and Clatsop County – public health agencies are seeing rising rates of infectious diseases that are often associated with injection drug use, including HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and syphilis. The rising drug use rates also pose a hazard to the rest of a community in the threat from improperly disposed needles.
Clatsop County Public Health received a $50,000 donation from the Friends of Columbia Community Health in support of the program. The department has shared its plan with local law enforcement agencies and community leaders.
As of January 2018, Clatsop County Public Health has exchanged nearly 10,000 needles.