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100 S. 5th Street
Richmond, IN 47374

Monday through Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Phone: (765) 973-9245
FAX: (765) 973-9361

Executive Director: Christine Stinson, REHS
Phone: (765) 973-9245
E-Mail: cstinson@co.wayne.in.us

Health Officer: David Jetmore, M.D.

Harm Reduction Supervisor:
Jason Smith
Phone: (765) 973-9245
E-Mail: jsmith@co.wayne.in.us

HIV/HVC Program Manager:
Christopher Simons
Phone: (765) 973-9200 ext. 1525
E-Mail: christopher.simons@heartlandcsf.com
E-Mail: csimons@co.wayne.in.us

Kenny Napier
Phone: (765) 973-9200 ext. 1527
E-Mail: knapier@co.wayne.in.us

Harm reduction is a public health approach that aims to reduce harms related to substance use. Harm reduction includes many options and approaches. It may include abstinence, or not using substances at all. Stopping all substance use isn’t required before receiving care. It meets people wherever they are in their substance use journey. Evidence shows that harm reduction does not increase or encourage substance use.

Understanding Harm Reduction: Substance Use”. HealthLinkBC. February 2020. HealthlinkBC File Number: 102a. https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/substance-use-harm-reduction

History of Harm Reduction

  • 1935-1965: Growth of AA/12 steps disease view dominates the field

  • 1966-80: The Rand Report counterpoint to AA – epidemiological and behavioral (controlled drinking) evolution

  • 1981-84-2015: Massive counter-assault stifles harm reduction alternatives to abstinence

  • 1985-2005: The sub-rosa re-emergence of harm reduction

  • 2006-15: Diversification and fundamental conflicts between the treatment community and harm reduction policy

What are the benefits of harm reduction related to substance use?

Harm reduction has many benefits for people who use substances. It also helps their families, friends and communities. Research shows harm reduction activities can:
  • Increase referrals to support programs and health and social services

  • Reduce stigma and increase access to health services

  • Reduce sharing of substance use equipment

  • Reduce hepatitis and HIV

  • Reduce overdose deaths and other early deaths among people who use substances, including alcohol

  • Increase knowledge around safer substance use

  • Increase knowledge around safer sex and sexual health and increase condom use

What does harm reduction mean for people who use substances?

Harm reduction services are open to all people who use substances, at any stage of their substance use. Harm reduction recognizes that healing is different for everyone. The services are available for someone using substances who wants to move in a new direction. They may be connected to outreach, primary or other health care services and access substance use treatment.

Wayne County Harm Reduction Program

Our Program includes the following components:

Syringe Services Program

  • 3 New needles for every 1 Used needle

  • Provide wound care and safe injection supplies

  • Safe Injection Education

HIV/Hepatitis Testing Services

  • Free Screening through State Funded Services

  • CLEAR Program (Choosing Life: Empowerment! Action! Results!): One-on-One risk reduction program involving 5 or more sessions

  • Condom Distribution

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Rehab

  • Centerstone

  • Meridian Health Services

  • CleanSlate

  • Richmond Treatment Center

  • Groups Recover Together

STD Testing and Treatment

  • Free Screening and Treatment through State Funded Services

Reproductive Health

  • Reid Hospital

HIV and Hepatitis C Treatment

  • Wayne County Health Department

  • Reid Hospital-Infectious Disease

Naloxone Kits

  • State Funded Narcan Education and Rescue kits available to the community