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City of Racine Public Health Department
The City of Racine Public Health Department Clinic operates a Needle Exchange Program (NEP) for residents of Racine and surrounding communities.
The NEP provides new, sterile syringes in exchange for used syringes in an effort to help reduce the spread of HIV, Hepatitis C, and other blood-borne infections. Program participants are offered information on drug treatment options and other health care. Other services include: testing for infections to which drug users are prone; education about harms associated with drug use and how to minimize them; and safe disposal methods for contaminated equipment.
Narcan (naloxone) is an emergency treatment that can be administered for a suspected opioid overdose. It is available at no cost for clients, family members, friends, or professionals.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Public Health Department Clinic - Room 4 (Lower Level), Racine City Hall
Call 262-636-9431 for more information.
1. Needle exchanges reduce blood-borne diseases in our communities, without increasing the rate of drug use. Several studies have shown compelling evidence that needle exchange programs decrease HIV and Hepatitis transmission, but do not increase injection drug use.1
2. Preventing HIV injection in people who inject drugs also prevents HIV in women and newborn children. Many women are at risk for HIV because of their own injection drug use or because they are sexual partners of injection drug users.
3. By working with people who inject drugs, help can be provided to get them into drug treatment programs.
4. Needle exchanges promote a pragmatic, public health-driven approach to substance abuse and addiction, while also respecting, valuing, and prioritizing the human rights and dignity of people who use drugs.
5. The Health Department safely disposes of all contaminated syringes turned in at the exchange. This reduces the number of discarded syringes in our bus stops, yards, parks, and playgrounds, and on our sidewalks and beaches. The goal is to get used syringes out of circulation as quickly as possible. The longer a syringe remains in circulation, the more opportunities there are for that syringe to pass on a blood-borne disease.
1. Source: Wodak A, Cooney A (2006). Do Needle Syringe Programs Reduce HIV Infection Among Injecting Drug Users: A Comprehensive Review of the International Evidence. Journal of Substance Use & Misuse, 41:777-813.
Yes. HIV infection has been shown to increase nearly 6% annually, on average, in cities that do not have a needle exchange program. In contrast, HIV declined approximately 6% annually among PWID in cities that offer exchange programs.2
2. Source: Hurley, SF, Jolley, DJ, Kalidor, JM (1997). Effectiveness of needle-exchange programmes for prevention of HIV infection. The Lancet, 348:987-991.
Supplies for the Public Health Department Needle Exchange Program are provided by the Aids Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW), which operates needle exchanges throughout the state. ARCW is supported by a mix grant money and private donations to the organization.
Narcan (naloxone) is available at the Public Health Department Clinic due to a partnership with the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.
Racine County Drug and Alcohol-Related Deaths & Narcan Use: 2014-2016
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