Safe Point Ohio
Equitas Health is offering a limited program to provide increased access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse opioid overdose. When administered during an opioid overdose, naloxone reverses the effects of the overdose within seconds; however it must be administered while calling 911 for medical assistance. It is critical that medical assistance be provided, often times additional doses of naloxone are required for overdose reversal.
Individuals or family members who do not have health insurance or cannot afford the cost of naloxone may be eligible for assistance by completing an application for assistance at Equitas Health’s Short North Medical Center. A limited number of naloxone kits will be available at the Equitas Health Pharmacy to eligible patients on a first come, first-serve basis.
Safe Point is a program of Equitas Health that works under the philosophy of a comprehensive harm reduction model to educate the community about safer drug use and fight the spread of infectious disease. We are committed to making the drug using community healthier while providing access to drug treatment enrollment.
At the start of October, 2018, Safe Point transitioned from a Syringe Access program to a Syringe Exchange program. Participants now access clean needles in exchange for used needles. This change is a result of a shift in requirements from our government funders and is in line with Safe Point’s harm reduction mission and national harm reduction standards.
What services does Safe Point offer?
Safe Point participants have access to the following services:
- Syringe exchange and safer injection use education
- HIV/STI/Hepatitis C testing and linkage to care
- Primary medical care
- Drug intervention treatment referrals & counseling
- Overdose prevention education
- PrEP referrals
- 22G syringes for the trans community
Some services may not be available at every session. Please contact us to confirm specifics.
Safe Point is a legal program operated by Equitas Health with support from Columbus Public Health.
Where & when is Safe Point?
Safe Point is located at 1267 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222.