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HIV / HCV / Harm Reduction Program

Executive Director: Christine Stinson, REHS
Phone: (765) 973-9245

Health Officer: David Jetmore, M.D.

Director of Clinical Services: Becca Alliston, MA, RDN, LD, NBC-HWC
Phone:(765) 973-9245 ext. 1525

Clinical Provider: David Wulff, PA-C
Phone: (765) 973-9245 ext. 1512

HIV/HVC Program: 
Peggy Hicks
Phone: (765) 973-9245 ext. 1526

Patient Recruitment and Outreach:
Richard Dornberger
Phone: (765) 973-9245 ext. 1530

Harm reduction is a public health approach that aims to reduce harms related to substance use. Harm reduction includes many options and approaches. It may include abstinence, or not using substances at all. Stopping all substance use isn’t required before receiving care. It meets people wherever they are in their substance use journey. Evidence shows that harm reduction does not increase or encourage substance use.

Understanding Harm Reduction: Substance Use”. HealthLinkBC. February 2020. HealthlinkBC File Number: 102a.

History of Harm Reduction

  • 1935-1965: Growth of AA/12 steps disease view dominates the field
  • 1966-80: The Rand Report counterpoint to AA – epidemiological and behavioral (controlled drinking) evolution
  • 1981-84-2015: Massive counter-assault stifles harm reduction alternatives to abstinence
  • 1985-2005: The sub-rosa re-emergence of harm reduction
  • 2006-15: Diversification and fundamental conflicts between the treatment community and harm reduction policy

What are the benefits of harm reduction-related to substance use?

Harm reduction has many benefits for people who use substances. It also helps their families, friends, and communities. Research shows harm reduction activities can:

  • Increase referrals to support programs and health and social services
  • Reduce stigma and increase access to health services
  • Reduce sharing of substance use equipment
  • Reduce hepatitis and HIV
  • Reduce overdose deaths and other early deaths among people who use substances, including alcohol
  • Increase knowledge around safer substance use
  • Increase knowledge around safer sex and sexual health and increase condom use

What does harm reduction mean for people who use substances?

Harm reduction services are open to all people who use substances, at any stage of their substance use. Harm reduction recognizes that healing is different for everyone. The services are available for someone using substances who wants to move in a new direction. They may be connected to outreach, primary or other health care services, and access to substance use treatment.

Wayne County Harm Reduction Program

Our Program includes the following components:

Syringe Services Program

  • 1 New needles for every 1 Used needle
  • Provide wound care and safe injection supplies
  • Safe Injection Education
  • Harm Reduction/Syringe Service Sites and Times

    Wayne County Health Department
    100 South 5th Street
    Richmond, Indiana 47374
    Tuesday: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

    Restoration Outreach Centre (ROC)
    310 North 19th Street
    Richmond, Indiana 47374
    Tuesday: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

    100 North 15th Street
    Richmond, Indiana 47374
    Thursday: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

HIV/Hepatitis Testing Services

  • Screening through State Funded Services
  • Condom Distribution

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Rehab

  • Centerstone
  • Meridian Health Services
  • CleanSlate
  • Richmond Treatment Center
  • Groups Recover Together

STD Testing and Treatment

  • Screening and Treatment through State Funded Services

Reproductive Health

  • Reid Hospital
  • Neighborhood Health Center

HIV and Hepatitis C Treatment

  • Wayne County Health Department
    • Services available for Insured Individuals. If no insurance, Insurance Navigation is available.
  • Reid Hospital-Infectious Disease
  • Meridian Health Services

Naloxone Kits

  • Narcan Education and Rescue kits available to the community
  • 24 hour/7 day a week community Narcan Boxes are available at the following locations:
    • Centerstone - 831 Dillon Drive, Richmond, IN 47374
    • Centerstone - 100 N 15th Street, Richmond, IN 47474
    • Neighborhood Health Center - 101 South 10th Street, Richmond, Indiana 47374
    • Richmond Fire Station #1 - 101 S 5th Street, Richmond, IN 47374
    • Richmond Fire Station #2 - 930 Winding Ridge Drive, Richmond, IN 47374
    • Richmond Fire Station #4 - 801 South L Street, Richmond, IN 47374
    • Richmond Fire Station #5 - 1971 West Main Street, Richmond, IN 47374
    • Wayne County Health Department - 100 South 5th Street, Richmond, IN 47374
    • Wayne County Jail - 200 E Main St., Richmond, IN 47374 (Free Vending Machine Access in the main lobby)
  • For more information on Narcan and education, visit Overdose Lifeline.

Harm  Reduction Links