Harm Reduction

Harm Reduction

Safe and simple options exist to reduce the harm caused by opioids.

Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan®, is a prescription medicine that can be used on someone for the treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose. The medicine temporarily reverses or blocks the effects of opioid medicines until proper emergency medical care can be administered. When an overdose is expected, naloxone should be given immediately.

Wound Care Kits

Individuals who use opioids, especially those who inject drugs, are more likely to experience infections and wounds that have trouble healing.

These wounds can result in additional health conditions such as blood poisoning (sepsis), tetanus, hepatitis, abscesses, and blood clots. Wound care kits can play a vital role in helping provide the sterile equipment needed to fight and prevent infections.

Syringe services programs can provide a range of services, including access to and disposal of sterile syringes and injection equipment; and vaccination, testing, and linkage to care and treatment for infectious diseases. These programs also help in providing for the safe disposal of used needles and syringes. Learn more

Dropbox locations are located in multiple areas across the state where unused and expired medicines can be disposed of throughout the year. Find a location near you.

Louisiana Drop Box Locations for Opioids

Fentanyl Test Strips

These test strips are able to detect the presence of fentanyl in different drugs (cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, etc.) and drug forms (pills, powder, and injectables). By being able to detect if fentanyl has been added to the illicit drugs, steps can be taken to reduce the risk of overdose.