Harm Reduction

Harm Reduction

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Harm Reduction is set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use and other things. Some examples of harm reduction include wearing a seat belt while driving, wearing condoms during sexual activity, and providing materials such as Narcan® to substance users to make sure they are not harming themselves or others. On this page, you will see a list of Harm Reduction services that are provided in Montgomery County.

The Montgomery County Harm Reduction Coalition is made up of community stakeholders and members that want to address harm reduction related issues within the community. The coalition meets on the first Tuesday of every other month at 5:00 PM at the Crawfordsville Police Department at 311 N. Green St. If you are interested in joining the coalition you can reach out to info.health@montgomerycounty.in.gov or call 765.364.6440.
Meeting Dates for 2019:
December 3, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Sharps Disposal

Sharps are objects that are used for medical purposes that can cut or puncture skin. Examples of sharps include needles, lancets or syringes. Sharps can used at home, work, or during travel to manage medical conditions. While the use is varied, 7 Billion sharps are disposed of in the trash every year and thousands of people are injured due to improper disposal. Used sharps can cut and infect individuals and could potentially be contaminated with diseases such as HIV or Hepatitis B and C.

The Montgomery County Health Department offers a Sharps Disposal program, free of charge. The program offers 1-quart sharps containers to public and gives the community a safe, effective and efficient way for proper disposal. Individuals may bring in their sharps in a sealed approved container and in turn, receive a new container.

Two drop off locations are available for sharps disposal. *You may only obtain the free container at the health department.*

Montgomery County Health Department
110 W. South Blvd.
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Crawfordsville Police Department
311 N. Green St.
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
*Available in the front lobby 24/7

For more information, contact the Montgomery County Health Department at info.health@montgomerycounty.in.gov or 765.364.6440.

Additional Resources:
https://safeneedledisposal.org/
https://www.in.gov/isdh/files/NeedleDisposal.pdf

Prescription Drug Take Back

According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. Many of the prescriptions drugs that are abused are obtained from family and friends, and often are taken from the medicine cabinet at home. It is advised to not dispose of medications by flushing them down the toilet due to environmental contamination, or into the trash due to the high risk of being abused and misused. That is why it is important to properly dispose of medications by utilizing a local takeback program.

The Montgomery County Harm Reduction Coalition participates in the DEA’s bi-annual Prescription Drug Take Back events held on the last Saturday in the months of April and October. Due to the large amount of medications that are collected, the Crawfordsville Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department have 24/7 drop off locations in their front lobbies. Both Crawfordsville CVS stores have a take back program strictly for prescription drugs.

Crawfordsville Police Department
311 N. Green St.
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
*Available in the front lobby 24/7

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department
600 Memorial Dr.
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
*Available in the front lobby 24/7

CVS Pharmacy
106 E. Market St.
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
*Available in the pharmacy 24/7

CVS Pharmacy
713 S Washington St.
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
*Monday-Friday 9:00 am-7:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Additional Resources:

https://takebackday.dea.gov/
https://safe.pharmacy/drug-disposal/

Naloxone

Naloxone hydrochloride, also known by the brand name Narcan®, is a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. Opioids include heroin, methadone, morphine, opium, codeine or hydrocodone. Naloxone can be administered to anyone with symptoms of an opioid overdose.

The Montgomery County Health Department dispenses nasal Narcan® kits free to the public. Walk ins and scheduled appointments are available. The Naloxone training takes approximately 30 minutes and includes:

  • 7-minute guidance video (covering what opioids are, how Naloxone works, how to administer Naloxone, etc.)
  • 4 mg nasal Narcan
  • A local resource guide
  • Q&A

Montgomery County Health Department
110 W. South Blvd.
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

For more information on obtaining Naloxone training, contact the Montgomery County Health Department at 765.364.6440 or email at info.health@montgomerycounty.in.gov.

Additional Resources
https://www.in.gov/isdh/27387.htm

HIV/Hep C Screening

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Hepatitis C are viral diseases that are transmitted through direct contact with blood. Risk factors include needle sharing, unprotected sex, or sharing personal hygiene items such as razors or a toothbrush. The Montgomery County Health Department offers free and confidential screenings on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm through Aspire Indiana Health. Walk-ins and appointments are welcome.

Montgomery County Health Department
110 W. South Blvd.
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
765-364-6440
*Tuesday mornings 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

For more information on screening or if you are interested in scheduling a screening at your business or organization, please contact the health department at 765.364.6440 or info.health@montgomerycounty.in.gov

Additional Resources:
https://www.aspireindiana.org/
https://targethiv.org/
https://www.in.gov/isdh/27834.htm (PrEP)
https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/index.html

Quick Response Team

The Mobile Integrated Health-Crawfordsville Community Paramedicine Program through the Crawfordsville Fire Department offers a Quick Response Team (QRT) to assist individuals with substance use and mental health disorders to treatment and rehabilitation. The Crawfordsville QRT is a team of trained, Paramedics, an Early Intervention Specialist, a Peer Recovery Coach, and law enforcement officers.

If you or a loved one needs assistance, or dealing with a Substance Use Disorder call 765.401.6200. If it is an emergency, please dial 911.

Tobacco Cessation

Indiana offers a free evidence-based intervention for quitting tobacco products. The Indiana Tobacco Quitline, 1-800-QUITNOW (800-784-8669) is a free phone-based counseling service that helps Indiana tobacco users quit. Funded by the Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Agency, the Indiana Tobacco Quitline offers experienced professional Quit Coaches® trained in cognitive behavioral therapy.

The Indiana Tobacco Quitline assists:

  • Tobacco users, in any stage of readiness to quit
  • Pregnant smokers
  • Smokeless tobacco users
  • Former smokers who want relapse prevention support
  • Friends and relatives of tobacco users who want to offer support

You can reach out to your primary care physician if you are thinking or planning to quit using tobacco and nicotine products to assist with cessation medications.

For more information about the Quitline, visit the Indiana State Department of Health website: https://www.in.gov/quitline/2358.htm.