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What is Harm Reduction?

Harm reduction is an approach that aims to minimize the negative consequences associated with substance use, while respecting individual autonomy and dignity. It acknowledges that complete abstinence may not be achievable for everyone and focuses on reducing harm and improving well-being in relation to substance use.

Harm Resources in Winnebago County

  • Narcan (naloxone) is used to counteract opioid overdoses and save lives. It reverses the effects of opioid overdose on the central nervous system and respiratory system. Naloxone is non-addictive and works only if opioids are present in the system. Learn how to administer Narcan here.
  • LifePoint Syringe Service is a program aimed at reducing harm associated with injection drug use, including HIV and Hepatitis C transmission. Winnebago County Health Department is a satellite location for Vivent Health’s LifePoint program. Free services are available during business hours in Oshkosh.
  • Fentanyl Test Strips detect the presence of fentanyl in drug samples. Illicitly manufactured fentanyl is driving an increase in drug overdose deaths nationally and in Winnebago County. Learn how to use fentanyl test strips here
  • Xylazine Test Strips detect the presence of Xylazine, a non-opioid sedative for animals, in drug samples. Xylazine is not approved for human use and is often added to opioids like fentanyl in the illicit drug supply. Learn how to use Xylazine Test strips here
  • Never Use Alone – This initiative provides a supportive and non-judgmental environment for those who may engage in activities that carry inherent risks.
  • Legal Action of Wisconsin (LAW) assists people who use drugs to address disability-based discrimination and other civil legal barriers in achieving wellness goals and reducing overdose risks. The goal is to inform community mobilization efforts to address Americans with Disabilities Act violations. LAW serves counties in the southern half of the state and anyone who feels they experienced housing, employment, child custody, benefits, health care, or other types of civil based discrimination based on drug use or taking medication for Opioid Use Disorder can can email legalhelpwi@legalaction.org or call (414) 639-7976

Resources at your Finger Tips

You can get FREE Narcan, Fentanyl Test Strips, and training at the Winnebago County Health Department (112 Otter Ave, Oshkosh), 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., Monday – Friday

Map of locations in Winnebago County where you can pick up free Narcan and Fentanyl Test Strips: wchd.pub/winnebagoharmreduction

Map of Locations in the Fox Valley area where you can pick up Narcan:  wchd.pub/narcanlocations

Map of locations throughout the state where you can get Narcan: www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/opioids/safer-use.htm

Wisconsin Mail Order Program (FREE): https://nextdistro.org/wisconsin


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