The Havelock Board of Commissioners is scheduled to hear a presentation on a syringe exchange program for IV drug users during its meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Havelock City Hall.
According to the meeting agenda, Havelock Fire and Rescue Chief Rick Zaccardelli is scheduled to make the presentation on the program designed to collect used and potentially contaminated syringes from people who inject drugs and exchange them for clean, sterile syringes. The program would include access to social services and substance addiction treatment.
The reason for consideration of the program is the increase in use of injection drugs and the seriousness of IV drug use, and the success of similar programs in fighting the drug problem, according to the meeting agenda. Twenty-five of the state’s 100 counties use some sort of syringe exchange program.
Information from the city indicates that those who participate in such a program are five times more likely to enter an addiction treatment program as compared to non-participants and that drug use is not increased through the program.
Also being considered is a Naloxone Take Home Program where medication used to block the effects of opioids, especially in overdose situations, could be distributed to drug users.
According to the agenda, Zaccardelli is seeking feedback from commissioners on Havelock’s possible participation in the programs.
Also during Monday’s meeting, commissioners are expected to hear updates on the Slocum Creek Park and Lewis Farm Park recreational projects.
For more information, call Havelock City Hall at 444-6400.