Those suffering from substance use disorder often find that getting help can be harder than just picking up the phone and asking for treatment. The road to recovery is often paved with significant hardships. For those who use drugs intravenously, the health risks are very high.
For example, Hamilton County Public Health officials recently announced that, as a result of the heroin crisis, reported cases of HIV increased 34% from 2016 to 2017.
In an effort to reduce harm to the community, the Cincinnati Health Department is now helping to fund The Exchange Project, a mobile van that exchanges old syringes for new ones, provides HIV and Hepatitis C screenings, distributes Narcan to prevent overdose deaths, and offers referrals to help ease the transition into treatment if and when someone is ready to get help.
To make these services easier to access, the mobile unit has set hours, days, and locations throughout our community.
The Exchange Project
1670 Cooper St.
400 block of Crawford St.
65 E. Hollister St.
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Hamilton County Public Health
250 William Howard Taft Rd.
I have been through five treatment centers and many stays in jail. I have walked the streets for drugs and money. I have lost custody of my daughter. I have been to jail and treatments because I kept relapsing. I have felt hopeless and alone.
A grant was recently created to help provide recovering addicts with housing, food, and other basic necessities.