Here are some of the ways we promote harm reduction:
Needle exchanges are a vital service that aims to reduce the overall harm associated with sharing used injecting equipment.
Our exchanges work with anyone using substances by injection – be that opiates or steroids / image enhancing drugs.
Based on the harm reduction philosophy, we offer equipment, advice and support as well sharps bins to help reduce drug-related litter.
See the How our Services Work page for more information on Needle Exchange
See the Get Help Now page to find your nearest needle exchange
We train opiate users and other individuals in the use of Naloxone, a life-saving drug that can be used in opiate overdose emergencies.
See our How Our Services Work page for more information on Naloxone and how you can access it
Overdose Prevention Advice
We can provide information or training to individuals on all aspects of overdose from prevention to dealing with an emergency.
This information is available to all; individuals at risk, family and friends and those working with individuals that may be at risk.
Blood Borne Viruses and Dry Blood Spot Testing
Barod works with BBV Specialist Nurses and hepatology staff to provide supported access to testing, vaccination and treatment for BBVs. At risk service users are encouraged to undertake testing and, if tests are positive, treatment for HIV, HBV and HCV.
Barod staff are trained and supported to conduct Dried Blood Spot Testing for BBVs. The aim of these finger prick tests is to conduct an initial screening and get service users talking and thinking about BBVs. Test results take approximately one week.
We work with partner agency The Terrence Higgins Trust to provide peer support groups for people affected by blood borne viruses.
Sexual Health advice
Individuals can access basic safe sex information including contraception, STI’s, BBV’s and the impact of co- ocurring sex and substances. Some of our bases have access to a visiting sexual health nurse able to provide smears, screenings and contraceptive advice.
Relapse Prevention Programmes