Syringe Access and Overdose Education

STEP is an SSP (Syringe Service Program). Access to free sterile syringes has been proven to reduce the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C in the community. Clients who are enrolled in the STEP program have access to sterile syringes, and clean works kits as well as other services that are provided by Wellness AIDS Services.

What Clients Can Expect
20-minute intake process to become a card-carrying member of STEP
Overdose education
Access to Naloxone/Narcan
Access to Clean Work kits and materials
Access to safer sex education and supplies
Assistance in accessing insurance and medical care

Linkage to HIV and Hepatitis C testing

Hours of Operation
Monday 3pm-6pm
Wednesday 4-7 pm

Overdose Education & Naloxone/Narcan Access

Naloxone/Narcan is a medication called an “opioid antagonist” used to counter the effects of opioid overdose, for example, morphine and heroin overdose. Specifically, naloxone is used in opioid overdoses to counteract life-threatening depression of the central nervous system and respiratory system, allowing an overdose victim to breathe normally. Naloxone is a nonscheduled (i.e., non-addictive), prescription medication. Naloxone only works if a person has opioids in their system; the medication has no effect if opioids are absent. Although traditionally administered by emergency response personnel, naloxone can be administered by minimally trained laypeople, which makes it ideal for treating overdose in people who have been prescribed opioid pain medication and in people who use heroin and other opioids. Naloxone has no potential for abuse. Naloxone may be injected in the muscle, vein or under the skin or sprayed into the nose. Naloxone that is injected comes in a lower concentration (0.4mg/1mL) than Naloxone that is sprayed up the nose (2mg/2mL). It is a temporary drug that wears off in 20-90 minutes. Find out more information here https://harmreduction.org/issues/overdose-prevention/overview/overdose-basics/understanding-naloxone/

Overdose education and Naloxone kit distribution are FREE and available for anyone who lives and/or works in Genesee and Lapeer counties.