I have been up since 6:30 a.m. with my dog. I am CAFFEINATED and READY TO GO!
I will dispense with the all caps as we get started on tonight's very long meeting, which will include...
+ Discussion/decision on Alpine Balsam Area Plan
+ (Maybe) a discussion on the city providing off-duty cops to BI, Inc., which monitors immigrants/asylum seekers and is owned by a co. that runs detention facilities...
Or you can just read my thread tomorrow at a normal hour, like a normal person. Up to you.
Syringe access is a proven best practice for 20 years, she says, increasing safety and reducing illness.
"The science has been clear for a very long time."
Most heroin users today started on Rx painkillers from their doctors, Helwig says. Most ppl use more than one drug (meth, heroin) plus non-injectable drugs.
The rest are staying temporarily with friends/family (21%) are homeless or live in cars (23%) stay in the shelter (5%) or are in transitional housing such as a hotel (2%)
That hasn't changed since 2008, Helwig says.
January - August 2019:
251 naloxone kits distributed
54 overdose reversals reported by Works participants (that's the BoCo syringe access program)
37.2 have Hep C
Colorado: 7.4 and 57.4, respectively
(Numbers from 2008-2014)
Public wall mounted disposals at:
– Libraries and grocery stores
– Municipal buildings and recreation centers
Helwig: "The majority of ppl in our community do understand the value and support it."
There is: bouldercounty.org/families/disea…
"And cuts down on syringes," Jones adds.