About DAP Health’s Harm Reduction Program
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that 100,000 people in the U.S. died from overdoses during the 12-month period from April 2020 through April 2021.
In Riverside County, there has been an 800 percent increase in fentanyl-related deaths since 2016.
Palm Springs has an overdose death rate 300 percent higher than the state average.
DAP Health’s goal is to reduce overdoses in conjunction with reducing the spread of blood borne pathogens.
The Harm Reduction Program provides sterile and clean injecting and smoking tools and materials. Safer injecting supplies range from sterile syringes through the supporting paraphernalia needed to inject drugs. Safer smoking materials will include pipes, new screens and pipe mouth covers.
Staff supply Narcan nasal spray and Fentanyl test strips, along with education on how to successfully use each in order to reduce the risk of overdose.
As participants identify additional needs, the DAP Health Harm Reduction team provides referrals to services and testing.
Safer Drug Use Means Being Prepared
If you use drugs, or know people who do, it’s important to be prepared in the event of an overdose. Know what to do if you’re with someone who is overdosing. Learn about Narcan & have Narcan available.
- Tips to help reduce some of the risks associated with using substances
- Don’t be alone
- Recognize signs of overdose
- Test your drugs for Fentanyl
- Pick up Naloxone (Narcan) & learn how to use it
- Start low and go slow
- Don’t mix drugs
- Use new equipment every time
Mental Health Urgent Care 24/7: 442.268.7000
Medical Emergency: 911
DAP Health Harm Reduction Program 760.656.8440 HarmReduction@DAPHealth.org
1695 North Sunrise Way Palm Springs, CA 92262