Harm Reduction Program

Contact

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

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

publichealth@co.kittitas.wa.us

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 the list below.

Please feel free to share our brochure found here: PUBLIC HEALTH RESOURCES AND MEDICATION DISPOSAL IN KITTITAS COUNTY

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

Services Available

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.

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When and Where

  • Ellensburg
    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)
  • Cle Elum
    Wednesday afternoon, by appointment only
    To schedule an appointment in Cle Elum, please call by 2:00pm the Tuesday before
    (509) 859-6274

Project NEXUS at the Never Share Syringe Service Program

Project NEXUS is a study in partnership with the University of Washington and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to learn more about the health and behaviors of people who use drugs. Current Never Share Syringe Service Program clients may be eligible to take part in the project and can receive up to $80 grocery store gift cards for participation. For more information, contact our Harm Reduction Specialist at (509) 859-6274.

Naloxone Education and Overdose Prevention

Naloxone 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. You can get naloxone from the Kittitas County Public Health Department for free by visiting the Never Share Syringe Service Program or contacting our Harm Reduction Specialist at 509.859.6274.

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

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.

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