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When: Friday, September 27
3:00pm- 4:30pm
Where: Sanger Branch Library, Room A
3030 Central Ave
Toledo, Ohio  43606
United States
Contact: Elijah Jones

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Cost: free for members & non-members

Presented by Cathy Nearhood and Courtney Stewart

Northwest Ohio Syringe Services (NOSS) identifies Harm Reduction as not only a public health initiative, but a social and political movement confronting the stigma associated with recreational drug use and addiction. NOSS has been gathering data on the using-behaviors of active intravenous (IV) drug users for the last 24 months. As of August 31, 2019, NOSS has served 349 unduplicated participants, who have returned for a total of 1,061 visits. Program participants have originated from eight counties and four states. Harm reduction services have included unrestricted syringe exchange, fentanyl test strips, Narcan kits, HIV and Hepatitis C testing, safer injection education, and referral to medical treatment and recovery support services. These anonymous services are offered three times a week through three walk-in clinics in Central, East, and South Toledo. NOSS also partners with community stakeholders to implement harm reduction strategies to improve public health and the active user’s quality of life. In its second year, NOSS continued to build capacity as an evidence based program by analyzing its operations through the Quality Improvement model: Plan, Do, Study, Act. As NOSS adopts systemic change, a fourth clinic is expected to open in West Toledo.

• Explain the Disease Concept of Addiction
• Discuss the DSM-V diagnoses of Substance Use Disorder
• Review Ohio Revised Code 3707.57 Bloodborne Infectious Disease Prevention Programs
• Identify the Principles, Strategies, and Best Practices of Harm Reduction
• Northwest Ohio Syringe Services Program Evaluation
• Link to Resources

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