North Adams: Syringe access site celebrates one year open
The site, located at 6 West Main St., opened last year and is the third syringe access and disposal site that Tapestry opened in the state. They have three other program sites in Northampton, Holyoke and Greenfield.
In addition to providing unused syringes and safe syringe disposal, their services include drug-use counseling, overdose prevention education and Narcan access and training, STD, HIV and hepatitis C testing, and referrals to drug treatment programs and medical care.
Liz Whynott, director of HIV Health and Prevention, stated "We are thrilled to be celebrating the first anniversary of our North Adams syringe access and disposal site. We are grateful to everyone in the community who saw how effective these services are in reducing the rate of HIV and hepatitis C infections. This program is also critical to connecting with people who are likely to witness or experience an overdose, and get them trained on overdose prevention and give them Narcan. It is an important step towards saving lives in this ongoing opioid epidemic."
The event is free and open to the public. Site tours and free refreshments will be provided. Tapestry is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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