North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition

North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NRHRC) is North Carolina’s only comprehensive harm reduction program. NCHRC engages in grassroots advocacy, resource development, coalition building and direct services for law enforcement and those made vulnerable by drug use, sex work, overdose, immigration status, gender, STIs, HIV and hepatitis.

NCHRC’S COMMUNITY BASED OVERDOSE PREVENTION PROJECT

Since the Overdose Prevention Project (OPP) became operational August 1, 2013 NCHRC has dispensed over 22,000 overdose rescue kits that include naloxone (as of 2/9/2016) and have received 2,104 confirmed reports that the life saving medication was administered successfully by lay individuals. Naloxone is an opiate antagonist, which reverses the effects of an opiate overdose. In an opiate overdose, the victim’s respiratory system is compromised potentially leading to respiratory arrest and death. When people are trained in the signs and proper response to an overdose, a victim’s life can be spared and a family’s agony averted. Currently, the OPP has over 160 volunteer contractors who dispense the overdose rescue kits throughout the state.

Syringe Exchange Program Pilot Program Authorized for Buncombe County: NC-SEP-Fact-Sheet

NCHRC Fact Sheet Page

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