Thursday, July 31st 2014
|Project Safe Point|
Project Safe Point is a a prevention service which has several components:
• Syringe exchange – A mobile van parks in area neighborhoods on a set schedule to conduct street outreach and prevention education and exchange used for new syringes and risk reduction supplies. Services on the vehicle also include HIV/STD/Hepatitis screening and testing, plus recovery readiness services.
• Access to syringes and prevention materials – Staff work with area provider agencies to distribute vouchers to individuals who are using syringes for illegal drugs, insulin, hormones, steroids or other medications. The vouchers may be redeemed at designated pharmacies to obtain 10 free syringes along with HIV-prevention materials and information.
• Access to disposal sites - The agency works with Centro Civico of Amsterdam’s Project Needle Smart to identify opportunities for the safe collection of used needles/syringes in the community and supervises disposal units at several locations.
• Opiod Overdose Prevention - Specialized training and prevention tools are available to any community member whose loved ones or those they serve may be at risk of an accidental overdose from using opiates.
In accord with the holistic philosophy of Catholic Charities, Project Safe Point prepares and assists clients for entry into drug rehabilitation programs when they are able to take this step and facilitates entry into the other services of Catholic Charities and Catholic Charities AIDS Services.
Call the Administrative Office to inquire as to the schedule and location of syringe exchange services, location of disposal sites, OR agencies who may distribute syringe vouchers.