WDH Launching Harm Reduction Initiative in Wyoming
Written by jordanmckamey on September 27, 2019
The Wyoming Department of Health has contracted with the national Harm Reduction Coalition to help improve health outcomes for people who use drugs through education about harm reduction services and programs meant to reduce opioid overdoses as well as HIV and hepatitis C infections.
The two-year initiative will launch with three local meetings in Cheyenne, Casper and Riverton to explore community awareness of harm reduction services and programs for people who use drugs. Meetings will include a complimentary lunch and conversation.
Sarah Newsky–Communicable Disease Surveillance Program manager with WDH says–quote–“Harm reduction is a vital part of any HIV or hepatitis C outbreak response. While we have not seen outbreaks in Wyoming, other rural states have seen significant increases in HIV and hepatitis C. We want to be prepared and harm reduction principles can help decrease the spread of these diseases while also helping to prevent drug overdoses.” End quote.
Community members are welcome to join any of the three meetings–the nearest meeting to the Big Horn Basin will be in Riverton on Friday, October 11th from 11am to 1pm at Riverton Public Library in the Community Room.