Harm reduction events are held at:
- Astoria: Pier 32, at the end of 32nd Street behind Safeway, every Thursday from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
- 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.
- Warrenton: Off Neptune Dr. between Joanne Fabric Store and grocery side of Fred Meyers Parking lot 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 March 2018, Clatsop County Public Health has exchanged over 40,000 needles!
Along with Jordan’s Hope for Recovery, we offer Naloxone training and dispensing at the events as well.