We are happy to announce NOSS opened for service on Tuesday, 8/1/17, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church from 1-4PM and at the Talbot Center on Thursday, 8/3/17, from 1-4PM. We will continue providing services at these two locations during these same days and hours for the foreseeable future. Syringe exchange participants will complete intake, receive a personalized NOSS ID card, and will exchange syringes one for one while engaging in safer injection education. Injection sites can be evaluated for dressings or referral for more extensive medical care. If interested, rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing will be available. We will offer safer sex education and supplies. Exchange participants have the choice to receive Naloxone training and can leave with two 4mg Narcan Nasal Sprays. We will promote basic needs, physical health, mental health, and/or substance abuse treatment referral with each visit. A great deal of community resource and harm reduction literature is available within our intake, waiting, and exchange areas to aid informed choice prior to referral. Our TLCHD HIV Coordinator, Opioid Coordinator, Community Health Workers, and Disease Intervention Specialists will occasionally be on site to link exchange participants to our other health dept services.
*We encourage our syringe exchange participants to bring their friends and family to our exchange sites, as we can also provide them with HIV and Hepatitis C testing, Naloxone training and nasal spray kits, and safer sex education and supplies.
Please review and share the attached information sheet and flier with our other community partners and hopeful participants. For more information about NOSS, please contact Jerry Kerr HIV Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org, Lisa Hawthorne-Price RN-BSN email@example.com, or Courtney Stewart BSSW, LSW, LCDC III firstname.lastname@example.org. All are welcome to call the NOSS phone line at 419-213-2655.