Individuals who use narcotics, especially those that are injected, are at serious risk of communicable diseases or accidental death. This is often due to the reuse of needles and the deadly adulterants found in drugs on the street. Harm Reduction is about helping people stay alive long enough to get the treatment they need. Shoreline believes the need is great in Horry County and is actively working with volunteer groups and local agencies to meet people where they are to get them the care they need. We have begun developing a local harm reduction coalition to that effect. For more information on how to get involved, contact Lauren Anderson at 843-365-8884 ext. 236.
Resources that are immediately available at Shoreline include Narcan and Fentanyl Test Strips at no cost to anyone in Horry County.
Narcan is a brand of naloxone medication approved by the FDA to reverse an opioid overdose. You can get Narcan at your local pharmacy without a prescription or you can visit Shoreline because we are a Community Distributor. Patients, caregivers, and community members can receive two doses of Narcan.
Fentanyl Test Strips
Most people who overdose on a substance do not do it with the intention of dying. Fentanyl has found its way into many illicit substances, either by mixing or cutting, and even small amounts of fentanyl are deadly. Fentanyl test strips can be used to find out if drugs have been mixed with fentanyl.
Note: A negative test result does not mean an individual’s drugs are 100% safe. All unprescribed drug use comes with risks.