Drug Users Health Services
Health and Healing
Outside In’s Injection Drug Users Health Services (IDUHS) promotes health and healing for people who are using injection drugs. This program is guided by a harm reduction model, where everyone deserves respect and is a valued member of the community. We serve nearly 5,000 people who exchange over 1 million syringes each year. Additionally, we provide overdose prevention trainings and distribute naloxone. In the last 5 years, we have had over 2,000 overdose reversal reports through our IDUHS program.
Services We Provide
- Syringe exchange
- HIV and Hepatitis C testing
- Safer sex supplies
- Overdose prevention & naloxone training
- Fentanyl testing
- Referrals to health care & drug treatment
- Motivational interviewing
- Safe needle disposal
- Vein care education
- OHP enrollment
In 1989, Outside In became the third agency in the U.S. to offer syringe exchange services.
Today, Outside In’s Injection Drug Users Health Services (IDUHS) continues to promote health and healing for people who are using injection drugs. This comprehensive, evidence-based program is guided by a harm reduction model, where everyone deserves respect and is a valued member of the community. The IDUHS team succeeds by building therapeutic relationships and delivering compassionate care to all of its clients.
IDUHS supports nearly 5,000 people annually. In fiscal year 2018-19, Outside In exchanged 1,414,885 used needles for clean ones. This vital, public health service greatly reduces the transmission of HIV and Hepatitis C.
Naloxone, the antidote to opiate overdoses, is also provided to the people served at Outside In. To date, our dedicated IDUHS team and its clients have reversed nearly 2,000 overdoses and saved lives.
Outside In’s IDUHS provides on demand HIV and Hepatitis C testing. Clients of IDUHS also have easy access to Outside In’s clinic, which offers primary care, medically assisted treatment and addiction and mental health services.
If you would like to speak with someone on our IDUHS team, please call 503.535.3826.
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