CINCINNATI -- A needle exchange program is coming to Westwood.
The Exchange Project, a Hamilton County Public Health Department initiative, will provide Westwood with syringe swaps, education on overdose prevention and referral to treatment starting June 13.
The harm reduction program will serve Westwood every Wednesday from 2- 5 p.m. at 2420 Harrison Ave. The Exchange Project currently operates out of Northside, Mt. Auburn, Middletown, Batavia and Corryville.
The Exchange Project safely disposes of used syringes and exchanges them for clean ones. People with substance use disorders can also receive testing for hepatitis and HIV as well as access to naloxone and treatment programs.
Hamilton County Health Commissioner Tim Ingram said officials are happy about expanding the program so they can better meet people in their community.
The Exchange Project will operate on the following schedule starting June 13:
2- 5 p.m., 1670 Cooper St., Northside
1- 4 p.m., 400 block of Crawford St., Middletown
10 a.m.- 1 p.m., 65 E. Hollister St., Mt. Auburn;
2- 5 p.m., 2420 Harrison Ave., Westwood
10 a.m.- 1 p.m., Clermont Mercy Hospital, Batavia
2:30 – 5:30 p.m., Hamilton County Public Health, 250 William Howard Taft Road, Corryville