Information about CarePoint
Why is our community starting a Syringe Services Program?
The use of needles to inject drugs has exploded across Ohio, putting those who inject drugs at increased risk for HIV, Hepatitis C, and various infections.
What does a Syringe Services Program do?
Our Syringe Services Program, which is called CarePoint, consists of various services to help those who inject drugs reduce the chances they will do additional harm to themselves and others. The program includes:
- The exchange of used syringes for clean ones
- Referrals for substance abuse treatment, as well as other health and social services
- Condom distribution to prevent the spread of HIV and other STDs
- Assistance with Medicaid sign-up
- Free HIV testing and education
- Free pregnancy testing
- Free Hepatitis C testing
- Wound care
- Provide information on gambling addiction
How does it work?
Participants visit one of our locations (listed below). They complete a one-time confidential questionnaire and are given a unique identification number. Then trained, professional staff offer various services, including a one-to-one exchange of used syringes for clean ones. This program is intended to develop trust and rapport with those exchanging needles in order to encourage them to also take advantage of the other services being offered.
- Vogel Health Center, 6175 W. Third St., Dayton, OH on Tuesdays from Noon - 5:00 pm
- Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 502 Pontiac Avenue, Dayton, OH on Thursdays from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.
- Life Enrichment Center, 425 N. Findlay Street, Dayton, OH on Fridays from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.
Why is it being done?
It can be a first step to helping the individual injecting drugs reduce the risk of causing themselves and others additional harm. The program also helps those who want to get into drug treatment programs to get the help they need.
Our community benefits in many ways. The program helps reduce the sharing of needles and other supplies that can spread diseases in our area. Screenings for communicable diseases can increase and early treatment can result in improved outcome for the patient and reduce medical costs for the community. Other services include helping the individual sign up for Medicaid and the sharing of information about various health issues.
Who is supporting this program?
There are many groups and organizations that are working together on this program. They include local law enforcement, Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County, Life Enrichment Center, Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services, Equitas Health, City of Dayton, East End Community Services and Montgomery County.
The Life Enrichment Center is providing the location to house the program, and Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County is providing the front line staff to work with the participants. Many groups and organizations will provide additional support and referral services.
Research shows that Syringe Services Programs:
- Help link addicts to drug treatment programs and HIV prevention services
- Help prevent the spread of HIV, Hepatitis C, and other diseases
- Reduce the number of improperly discarded syringes
- Do not lead to increased drug use
- Do not lead to increased crime
There are five syringe service programs in Ohio, including Dayton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Portsmouth.
PHDMC Overdose Prevention Education and Naloxone Distribution Program:
Provides opioid overdose prevention education and distribution of home overdose reversal kits containing Narcan Nasal Spray (Naloxone) to individuals who complete an established training and who are at-risk for opioid overdose or are family members, friends or other persons who are in a position to assist a person at risk of experiencing an opioid related overdose according to established program criteria.
Training for Overdose Responders
All persons interested in receiving a CarePoint Naloxone Kit can attend a training class on the days of at operation Life Enrichment Center – every Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, and Vogel Health Center - every Tuesday from 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm.
Training will include the following topics:
- Discussion on risk factors, such as lowered tolerance, mixing drugs, and comorbidities (e.g. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
- Signs of overdose (e.g. Slow and shallow breathing).
- How to call 9-1-1 and briefly, House Bill 110, the Good Samaritan Law.
- How to use Narcan Nasal Spray to include side effects.
- Administering Narcan Nasal Spray to include repeat administration in 2-3 minutes if no response to 1st administration.
- Rescue Breathing.
- Follow-up, placing in recovery position and staying with recipient until help arrives.
- Narcan Nasal Spray kit, storage and expiration.
- Refill procedure.
- How to upload the NarcanNow app, an overdose support application to facilitate overdose response.
- Access how to use Narcan on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGVSaO1oxpgNow