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Posted on: May 9, 2023

Opioid harm reduction resources available at SJBPH Durango office

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San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) holds monthly events at its Durango office to distribute free resources that can help reduce the risk of harm when using certain drugs. Anyone can pick up fentanyl test strips and naloxone, an overdose-reversing medication effective in counteracting life-threatening situations following opioid use.

Join us in the lobby of the SJBPH Durango office, 281 Sawyer Drive, Suite 300, to pick up these resources that can significantly reduce the danger associated with opioid use. Hours are 12:30-4:30 p.m. on dates listed below. There is no cost associated with either the test strips or the overdose-reversal medication. No ID is required.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid about 50 times as potent as heroin. It has increasingly been found in drugs where it is not expected, and overdose deaths involving fentanyl have quadrupled in recent years. Fentanyl test strips can identify the presence of the substance in unregulated drugs and can be used to test powders, pills and injectable drugs like heroin, cocaine, meth, and MDMA. 

Naloxone or Narcan is a medication used to reverse an overdose by counteracting the slowing of central nervous and respiratory systems following use of an opioid. Naloxone only works if a person has opioids in their system and will have no effect on an individual if opioids are not present.

These resource events are part of a SJBPH program designed to respond to a recent increase in drug use and overdose incidents in Southwest Colorado, which have had far-reaching impacts on the community.

The Opioid Risk Reduction program responds to the findings of a recent needs assessment of people who use or inject drugs by providing access to overdose prevention supplies, including opioid overdose reversal medication and fentanyl test strips. It will also be used to distribute other harm reduction supplies like clean syringes, safe smoking kits, condoms and others to people who use drugs. The overarching goal of the program is to reduce negative consequences associated with drug use, including overdoses and the spread of infectious disease while meeting people where they are at and providing a trusted source for them to start engaging with primary care, mental health care, and recovery resources.

Upcoming SJBPH Durango distribution dates 12:30-4:30 p.m. 

  • May 15
  • June 15
  • July 12
  • Aug. 10
  • Sept. 11
  • Oct. 17
  • Nov. 16
  • Dec. 4


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