Two Issues Related to Protecting Individuals Addicted To Heroin From Harm
- Opioid Overdose
- Infections Related to Injection Drug Use
2017 Targets and Strategies from the Heroin Impact Response Plan of Action
* Overdose fatalities are decreased.
* The number of new cases of Hepatitis C and other infections caused by intravenous drug use are decreased.
Goals: To reduce opiate deaths and the number of new cases of infectious diseases associated with intravenous drug use, such as Hepatitis C.
- Develop and implement a plan to initiate the prescription, distribution, and administration of Naloxone throughout Northern Kentucky.
- Provide education for injection drug users (IDUs) about the risk of endocarditis, Hepatitis C, and other bloodborne infections, as well as the benefits of prevention and care.
- Provide testing with referral to care and treatment through targeted outreach.
- Explore options with communities and policy makers to reduce the transmission of infectious diseases and remove used needles and syringes from the community.
- Increase the number of IDUs accessing timely health care for treatment of infections (e.g. endocarditis, Hepatitis C, HIV) to reduce premature death and the transmission of disease.