Harm Reduction Program


Lauren Wickerath, BSN Harm Reduction Specialist
(509) 859-6274

Kittitas County Public Health Department Front Desk
(509) 962-7515

The Kittitas County Public Health Department uses harm reduction principles to reduce overdoses and the spread of blood borne pathogens, as well as to connect people who use drugs with treatment and recovery resources.

For more information about the services offered through the Harm Reduction Program, please see below.

Please feel free to share our brochure:
Public Health Resources and Medication Disposal in Kittitas County

To request printed copies, contact our Harm Reduction Specialist at
(509) 859-6274

Harm Reduction through the Never Share Syringe Service Program

Why Syringe Service Program?

HIV, Hepatitis C, and other blood borne pathogens can be spread by sharing injection equipment. To reduce spread of these infections, the Never Share Syringe Service Program provides residents a place to safely dispose of used syringes and to receive sterile syringes. We also offer free Naloxone, wound supplies, and referrals to community resources and treatment programs, including Medication Assisted Treatment/ Suboxone treatment for Opioid Use Disorder.

When and Where

Tuesday and Thursday
9:00am - 12:00pm
1:00pm - 5:00pm (closed for lunch 12:00pm - 1:00pm)
Ellensburg United Methodist Church
210 N Ruby St (courtyard)
Kittitas Countywide (We will deliver)
To schedule an appointment, please call
(509) 859-6274

Naloxone Education and Overdose Prevention

Naloxone, sold as Narcan, is a drug that reverses an opioid overdose. It is not addictive and is safe to use on anyone who might be experiencing an opioid overdose. It does not work on other types of overdoses. Naloxone does not last long, therefore 911 needs to be called. Anyone who is at risk of witnessing or experiencing an overdose can carry Naloxone in Washington State. Anyone can order Naloxone from a pharmacy without a prescription and insurance may cover the cost.

You can get naloxone for free by:

  • Visiting the Never Share Syringe Service Program at the Kittitas County Public Health Department
  • Contacting our Harm Reduction Specialist at (509) 859-6274
  • Ordering online through The People's Harm Reduction Alliance

Safe Medication Disposal Sites

Medication disposal sites offer a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of any unused or expired medications. There are ten locations in Kittitas County that provide medication disposal:

Kittitas Valley Healthcare
603 S Chestnut St, Ellensburg
(509) 925‐8484
Community Health of Central WA
521 E. Mountain View Ave, Ellensburg
(509) 962-1414
Kittitas County Sheriff
307 W. Umptanum Rd, Ellensburg
(509) 962-7525
Whole Health Pharmacy
800 S. Pearl Street #1, Ellensburg
(509) 925-6800
Rite Aid Pharmacy
700 S Main St, Ellensburg
(509) 925‐4232
Ellensburg Safeway
400 N Ruby St, Ellensburg
(509) 962-5096
Cle Elum Pharmacy
115 1st Street, Cle Elum
(509) 852‐0123
Cle Elum Safeway
804 W 1st Street, Cle Elum
(509) 852-3006
Cle Elum/Roslyn Police Dept
807 W. 2nd Street, Cle Elum
(509) 674-2991
Kittitas Police
207 N. Main St, Kittitas
(509) 968‐0220

HIV and Hepatitis Prevention

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that weakens the immune system. Hepatitis C is a virus that damages the liver. Both of these illnesses are spread by contact with the blood of an infected person. Both HIV and Hepatitis C can be treated, and Hepatitis C can often be cured. Two other forms of viral hepatitis, hepatitis A and B, can be prevented by vaccination.

The Kittitas County Public Health Department offers educational presentations, outreach, and referral for testing to at-risk individuals to help reduce the spread of HIV and viral hepatitis infections in Kittitas County.

Additional Resources