Syringe Services Program
Our goal is to help people who inject drugs stay healthy. We provide syringes and other sterile injection equipment in a non-judgmental, anonymous, and supportive setting.
Northwest Ohio Syringe Services is a blood borne pathogens prevention program as required by the Ohio Revised Code #3707.57 and is supported by the Ryan White Program of the University of Toledo Medical Center and by the Lucas County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board.
- Temperatures taken via forehead thermometer
- Face coverings required/provided
- Please follow 6ft social distancing floor markers
- Intake paperwork waived
- Supplies have been prepackaged
- A month’s worth of supplies will be provided per visit
Our locations and hours are listed below:
1425 Starr Ave.
Toledo, OH 43605
Mondays 1-3:45 pm. Last walk-in taken at 3:45 pm.
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (Downtown Toledo):
1201 Madison Ave.
Toledo, OH 43604
Tuesdays 1-3:45 pm. Last walk-in taken at 3:45 pm.
Toledo-Lucas County Health Department (Downtown Toledo)
635 N. Erie St.
Toledo, Ohio 43604
Thursdays: Call-ahead orders only, supply pickups schedule 8am-12noon
Talbot Clinical Services,LLC. (East Toledo):
732 Main St.
Toledo, Ohio 43605
Thursdays 1-3:45 pm. Last walk-in taken at 3:45 pm.
Only Use a Needle and a Syringe One Time
- Learn to avoid arteries and nerves:
- Recognize the signs of infection at your injection sites Abscess Prevention
Never Use Alone
Click here for Never Use Alone website
Phone Number: (800)484-3731
Test for Fentanyl
- Get free Narcan (naloxone) to save someone who is overdosing. You can get free Narcan and training at our syringe access sites, or call the health department pharmacy at 419-213-4206 to arrange a time to get your free Narcan and training. Click here for our pharmacy’s hours: https://lucascountyhealth.com/health-center/pharmacy/
Peer and Family Support Services:
National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) http://www.namitoledo.org/
Alcoholics Anonymous http://toledoaa.com/Meeting%20Schedule.htm
Narcotics Anonymous http://natoledo.com/
Cocaine Anonymous https://www.caohio.org/meetings/toledomeetings/
Heroin Anonymous http://toledoareaheroinanonymous.com/index.html
Racing for Recovery- 419-824-8462 http://racingforrecovery.org/services/support-groups/
Families After Addiction or Death (FAAD)- 567-318-5607 http://www.theteamrecovery.org/about
Families and Addicts Coming Together (FACT) https://www.facebook.com/groups/1866651693584843/
What other healthcare services does NOSS provide free of charge?
- Answers to questions about treatment options
- Injection-site wound evaluation
- Safer sex supplies
- Safer injection education
- Overdose prevention education
- Health insurance sign-up
- Free fentanyl test strips
- HIV testing: Get your results in just 20 minutes.
- Hepatitis C testing: Get your results in just 20 minutes. If you have hepatitis C we can help you navigate the path to getting treatment
- Pregnancy testing: If there is any possibility that you might be pregnant we can provide you with a free pregnancy test. Pregnant women who inject drugs have many important decisions to make and we can give you information and referral assistance.
Do syringe programs just enable drug users to keep using?
Between 1991 and 1997, the US Government funded seven reports on clean needle programs for persons who inject drugs. The reports are unanimous in their conclusions that clean needle programs reduce HIV and hepatitis C transmission, and none found that clean needle programs caused rates of drug use to increase. This research can be found at: DrugWarFacts.org
What are the pressing health needs of people who use drugs?
Click Here to view a NOSS video addressing the pressing health needs of people who use drugs
Does NOSS accept interns?
Click Here to view an interview with a NOSS Intern