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Harm Reduction

What is Harm Reduction?

Harm reduction is a public health approach that focuses on mitigating the harmful consequences of drug use, including transmission of infectious disease and prevention of overdose, through provision of care that is intended to be free of stigma and centered on the needs of people who use drugs.*

*SourceHawk, K. F., Vaca, F. E., & D’Onofrio, G. (2015). Reducing Fatal Opioid Overdose: Prevention, Treatment and Harm Reduction Strategies. The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, 88(3), 235–245.


Harm Reduction Vending Machine

Huron County Public Health (HCPH), in conjunction with the HEALing Communities Study (HCS) Intervention Design Team (IDT) is implementing a harm-reduction vending machine at HCPH's Norwalk location (28 Executive Dr., Norwalk, OH 44857) that will provide 24/7/365 FREE access to naloxone for the general public beginning in June 2023. 

In addition to naloxone, the vending machine will be stocked with practical public health resources, including:

Additional Resources in Huron County

Project DAWN locations in Huron County:

Project DAWN locations in Ohio

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, call or text '988' to be connected to free, confidential 24/7 support from trained counselors.

If you are experiencing an emergency, please dial 911.

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