• Sara Seiter
    May 12, 2021
    Hello Everyone,
    This month let’s talk about Fentanyl test strips…………
    Did you know?
    1. Overdose deaths involving fentanyl have quadrupled in recent years.
    2. Half of the participants who used the strips detected fentanyl in their drug supply.
    3. Fentanyl is often described as 80-100 times stronger than morphine or about 50 times stronger than heroin.
    How to use Fentanyl Test Strips.
    • If you are injecting, first prepare your shot. Next, add ten drops of water to your cooker and stir well.
    • If you are snorting your drugs, add ten drops of water into the empty baggie that your drugs came in and mix well.
    • If you are using pills, you can crush one in an empty baggie and then dump out the powder. Then add ten drops of water into the baggie and mix well.
    • Dip your fentanyl test strip into the water up to the wavy lines and wait fifteen seconds and then take it out.
    If you would like to learn more you can go to- ( preventoverdoseri.org )
    The goal is to give people who struggle with addiction the power to make their own choices. Resources like fentanyl test strips can go a long way toward helping these people fully understand opportunities for recovery as well as the dangers of substance use.
  • Sara Seiter
    April 13, 2021
    Hello again or for the first time. This month we will touch on the use of new syringes and how that goes into HIV and HCV effects.
    “For people who inject drugs, the best way to reduce the risk of acquiring and transmitting disease through injection drug use is to stop injecting drugs. For people who do not stop injecting drugs, using sterile injection equipment for each injection can reduce the risk of acquiring and transmitting infections and prevent outbreaks.
    SSPs are associated with an estimated 50% reduction in HIV and HCV incidence.3 When combined with medications that treat opioid dependence (also known as medication-assisted treatment), HCV and HIV transmission is reduced by over two-thirds.3,4
    SSPs serve as a bridge to other health services, including HCV and HIV testing and treatment and medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder.5”
    ][ https://www.cdc.gov/ssp/syringe-services-programs-factsheet.html ]

    As the facts given by the CDC that you can see Syringe programs help reduction in HIV and HCV. You can also look at the numbers in Hamilton County and how since operation the Exchange. Which has provided HIV and HCV testing. With this testing is up 21% since 2018. In return with more testing, it provides more opportunities for early treatment. This leads into why partnerships in the community are important. Such as our partnerships with UC Addiction Science and Caracole to help engage clients into treatment settings.
    [url=https://www.hamiltoncountyohio.gov/UserFiles/Servers/Server_3788196/File/Government/Open%20Hamilton%20County/Projects/Addiction%20Response%20Coalition/HC_ARC_State_of_the_Opioid_Epidemic_2020.pdf https://www.cdc.gov/ssp/syringe-services-programs-factsheet.html ]]https://www.hamiltoncountyohio.gov/UserFiles/Servers/Server_3788196/File/Government/Open%20Hamilton%20County/Projects/Addiction%20Response%20Coalition/HC_ARC_State_of_the_Opioid_Epidemic_2020.pdfhttps://www.cdc.gov/ssp/syringe-services-programs-factsheet.html ][/url]
  • Sara Seiter
    March 9, 2021
    Hello Readers,
    My name is Sara and I work on the Syringe Exchange. I will be writing a monthly article about the SSP. So to start out I figured this month we would start out with explaining what the SSP is. Here are some common questions I found.
    1.What is a SSP- A SSP provides safe and sterile supplies. Can help client get engaged with treatment and health care.
    2. Do SSP help reduce infections- Yes they do They reduce blood-borne diseases. SSPs are associated with an estimated 50% reduction in HIV and HCV incidence.
    3. Do SSPs cause more needles in public places- No. Studies show that SSPs protect the public and first responders by providing safe needle disposal.
    All these facts and more can be found out at cdc.gov. Hope you might of learned something new. Talk to you all next month with a new SSP topic.
  • Hannah Schilling
    January 7, 2021
    Recovery Connections is a community forum where mental health, addiction and recovery professionals, and anyone in need can find support, resources, and community guidance for helping people recover from addiction.

    We hope that treatment coordinators, outreach coordinators, treatment specialists, peer support professionals, counselors, and other professionals whose goal and mission is to provide high quality treatment for individuals with substance use disorder will benefit from this.

    This site serves a platform for us, as professionals, to network with one another and build relationships that foster a culture of service and commitment. Additionally, members are encouraged to share any recovery related resources, events, career opportunities and continuing education events.

    This group has been created by other substance use professionals, and serves a platform where we can help one another, but most importantly, help those still suffering from Substance Use Disorder. It is a place where we can help each other, find inspiration, guidance, and have fun.

    Please remember to keep any identifying details LIMITED, especially in regard to patient-sensitive information. We must always comply with HIPAA standards.

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