Substance Use Resources (harm reduction and treatment)
What is harm reduction?
"Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs."
See a full description on harm reduction and interventions in this PDF from Harmreduction.org.
What does Mono County have for harm reduction? Mono County's Health Department and Behavioral Health is able to provide harm reduction supplies, connect individuals to substance use support services, and mental health services. Some of the Harm reduction supplies include Narcan/Naloxone, Fentanyl testing strips, clean needles, sharps containers (for used needles), lock boxes, and condoms. See the full list below.
Naloxone (also known by the brand name Narcan) is a medication that can be used to help someone who is experiencing an opioid overdose. It is a nasal spray that can quickly be given by a community member, has few known side effects, and no potential for abuse.
Naloxone (Narcan) works almost immediately to reverse opioid overdose. While most professional first responders and emergency departments have this medication, emergency service providers may not arrive in time to revive an overdose victim. Trained community members such as friends, family, and loved ones can effectively respond and reverse an opioid overdose.
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Naloxone (Narcan) can be ordered online along with other harm reduction supples and picked up during open hours as indicated on this FLYER.
Naloxone (Narcan) is also available for free at the following agencies. Please call for more information.
- Mono County Behavioral Health (760) 924-1740
- Mono County Paramedics (760) 934-3049
- Mono County Public Health (760) 924-1830
- Mono County Social Services (760) 924-1770
Naloxone (Narcan) may also be prescribed by a medical provider or be available at a local pharmacy without a prescription.
Please watch the video above (click here for fullscreen) to learn how to recognize an overdose and properly administer Naloxone (Narcan). Also, review the Narcan Quick Start Guide and Naloxone Information Sheet so you can refer to them and be prepared to respond to an overdose. There are links below where you can find more information about Naloxone (Narcan) and resources for help with substance use.
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Harm Reduction Supplies
Order harm reduction supplies online for pick up during open hours as indicated on this online FORM
The order form is NOT for immediate pick-up/delivery. Pick up times are from 4-7pm every Monday at the Wellness Center (181 Sierra Manor Road #4, Mammoth Lakes) or select the option for a custom pick-up time and location. You can also call Luisana at 760-924-1740 to arrange for a same day appointment or delivery (Monday-Friday).
The following supplies are available:
- Fentanyl testing strips
- Tobacco quit kits
- lock box (for locking prescription drugs/opioids)
- alcohol wipes
- guaze/cotton balls
- sterile water
- stems with bulbs
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT): Learn how medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is used to treat substance use disorders as well as sustain recovery and prevent overdose at the SAMHSA website.
MAT is available at Mammoth Hospital and through Mono County Behavioral Health.
Mono County Health Department provides FREE Hepatitis C, HIV, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia testing.
Call the Health Department to set up an appointment: (760) 924-1830.
Training if Distributing Naloxone/Narcan
Anyone is welcomed to distribute Narcan to the community if they go through the training and learn how to document number of Narcan/Naloxone distributed. General training to review Naloxone, harm reduction measures and information about accessing services. This training is required for individuals distributing Naloxone to community members through the Mono County Naloxone Distribution Program.
Eastern Sierra Substance Use Project
Join the Eastern Sierra Substance Use Project, all are welcome. See the webpage for information about the next meeting. Come take part in the community-wide approach of addressing substance use, while reducing stigma and promoting community cohesiveness.