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The Exchange Project Tackles Communicable Disease

January 19, 2018

The Exchange Project Provides Disease Prevention and Harm Reduction Components

Hamilton County, OH…… Health officials announced today The Exchange Project is fully operational and offering a full array of disease prevention and harm reduction strategies in response to the opioid epidemic.

The Exchange Project is a comprehensive public health initiative that includes:

  • Education about overdose prevention, communicable disease and injection safety;
  • Testing and referral to treatment for communicable diseases such as hepatitis, HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and pregnancy testing;
  • Hepatitis vaccination;
  • Referral to substance abuse disorder treatment programs, as well as to medical, mental health and social services;
  • Safe disposal of injection equipment;
  • Access to sterile injection equipment to fight the spread of disease;
  • Access to naloxone, the overdose-reversing drug;
  • And distribution of personal care items.

“Bloodborne infectious disease prevention belongs under public health,” says Hamilton County Health Commissioner Tim Ingram.  “We have to attack the disease of addiction from a number of fronts.  The Exchange Project allows us to do so under one roof, reaching people when and where they most need help,” Ingram adds.

The Bloodborne Infectious Disease Prevention Program is a partnership between Hamilton County Public Health, the Cincinnati Health Department, Interact for Health and the UC College of Medicine.

“Not only are we able to provide a full array of public health services, but also sustainable funding to see the program into the future,” says Dr. Marilyn Crumpton, interim Cincinnati Health Commissioner. “We are at a critical stage in reducing the incidence of bloodborne infections and this program allows us to make a significant impact.”

The Exchange Project is currently operating at four locations in the area:

  • Mondays – 2-5 p.m.; 1670 Cooper St., Northside
  • Tuesdays – noon-5 p.m.; 400 block of Crawford St., Middletown
  • Wednesdays – 2-5 p.m.; 65 E. Hollister St., Mt. Auburn
  • Thursdays – 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Hamilton County Public Health, 250 Wm. Howard Taft, Corryville

 

For more information on the Bloodborne Infectious Disease Prevention Program, visit The Exchange Project on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hc.xchange or follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/hc_xchange.

 

Contact: Mike Samet
Hamilton County Public Health
Phone: 513-946-7873
Email:  mike.samet@hamilton-co.org

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Posted by: Christy Cauley

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