03 June, 2021
Orange County Authorities Public Info Officer
E mail: PIO@ocfl.internet
Orange County, Fla. – With a dramatic improve of fentanyl overdoses in Orange County, a needle alternate program is being launched. This system’s aim is to assist people who battle with intravenous drug use and get rid of the unfold of infectious illness, notably of HIV and Hepatitis C.
This system can be geared to cut back overdoses, that are up greater than 70% throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sixteen p.c (16%) of the HIV infections associated to intravenous drug use in Florida happen in Orange County and the Orlando has the threerd highest circumstances of HIV within the nation.
In February 2020, The Orange County Board of County Commissioners accepted an ordinance to permit needle or syringe alternate applications to function inside the boundaries of Orange County. Beginning on June 1, 2021, Orange County Authorities in partnership with Hope & Help will start the needle alternate program for Orange County residents.
“What we’re providing with the needle alternate is a component of a bigger hurt discount program grounded in justice and human rights,” mentioned Hope & Well being Prevention Supervisor Adam Troy. “Hurt discount is about creating optimistic change and dealing with individuals with out judgement, coercion, discrimination, or requiring that they cease utilizing medicine as a precondition of assist. We deal with individuals who use medicine together with their households with compassion and dignity, to avoid wasting lives and cease the unfold of illness.”
This system advantages embrace: alternate of needles one for one; secure injection and wound care provides; Naloxone distribution and schooling; overdose prevention and safer injection website coaching. Program members can even be provided free Narcan, a medicine that reverses overdoses and has saved hundreds of lives.
- Hope & Assist
4122 Metric Drive, Suite 800
Winter Park, FL 32792
To be taught extra concerning the syringe alternate program, go to: www.HopeandHelp.org.
MORE INFO: For program data and to schedule interviews with Hope & Assist, please e-mail Adam.Troy@HopeandHelp.org.