Orange County and Hope & Help Launch Needle Exchange Program for Orange County Residents
Orange County, Fla. – Orange County Government is launching a needle exchange program to assist with the elimination of infectious disease. The goal is to help individuals who struggle with intravenous drug use and reduce the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C. The program will also attempt to reduce overdoses, which were up more than 70% during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In February 2020, The Orange County Board of County Commissioners approved an ordinance to allow needle or syringe exchange programs to operate within the boundaries of Orange County. Hope & Help was selected by Orange County Government to operate the needle exchange program which began on June 1, 2021.
Hope and Help will provide an annual report to Orange County Government and the Board of County Commissioners on the progress and outcomes per the new ordinance.
“What we are offering with the needle exchange is part of a larger harm reduction program grounded in justice and human rights,” said Hope & Health Prevention Director Adam Troy. “Harm reduction is about creating positive change and working with people without judgement, coercion, discrimination, or requiring that they stop using drugs as a precondition of support. We treat people who use drugs along with their families with compassion and dignity, to save lives and stop the spread of disease.”
The program benefits include: exchange of needles one for one; safe injection and wound care supplies; Naloxone distribution and education; overdose prevention and safer injection site training. Program participants will also be offered free Narcan, a medication that reverses overdoses and has saved thousands of lives.
- Hope & Help
4122 Metric Drive, Suite 800
Winter Park, FL 32792
To learn more visit: IDEA Orlando – Syringe Service Program (hopeandhelp.org).
MORE INFO: For program information and to schedule interviews with Hope & Help, please e-mail Adam.Troy@HopeandHelp.org.