What is Points of Hope?

Points of Hope is a program with multiple aspects of Harm Reduction Outreach including syringe exchange, naloxone/narcan distribution, peer support, and justice center education. 

Syringe Exchange Program (SEP)

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Syringe Exchange became legal in North Carolina in July of 2016. SEPs are one of the most effective public health interventions for decreasing the transmission rates of HIV & other blood borne diseases such as hepatitis C, as well as connect users to treatment & other important needs such as housing or food assistance.


By expanding access to clean syringes & ensuring a safe way to dispose of biohazardous materials, SEPs create safer environments for the community at large. SEPs are shown to lead to a 66% reduction in needle-stick injury to law enforcement.


While it is a common myth that SEPs encourage, enable or increase drug use, as well as crime, decades of research from organizations including the World Health Organization & the American Medical Association, show that SEPs do none of those. Many studies show that SEPs decrease drug use by connecting otherwise marginalized people to treatment. It is estimated that SEP participants are five times more likely to enter drug treatment than non-participants.

 

Syringe Exchange allows us to build relationship with participants, thus establishing connection with people who otherwise would be isolated if someone was not willing to meet them where they are, figuratively and literally.  We can't wait around for people to check themselves into treatment centers or find themselves in some jail cell. We can't wait around for our addicted loved ones to come home. We can't wait around waiting for them to come around. We must go to them. Wherever they are at. And if that means we have to show up with a clean syringe and some Naloxone, so be it. We believe in keeping folks alive. The only person who can't recover is a dead person. 



Fixed Site Syringe Exchange

Mobile Syringe Exchange Outreach Staff & Volunteers

Syringe Exchange is legal and confidential. No ID required or requested.

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Naloxone/Narcan

Naloxone/Narcan is a life saving medication that can reverse opioid overdoses. Narcan is the nasal spray which is the name brand. Naloxone is the inter-muscular which is the generic brand that comes with a vile of the medication and a syringe. Both are the same, but administered differently. 


Olive Branch Ministry partners with NCHRC (North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition) for their naloxone distribution. Since the Overdose Prevention Project (OPP) became operational August 1, 2013, NCHRC has dispensed over 101,000 free overdose rescue kits that include naloxone (as of 01/20/2019) and have received 13,394 confirmed reports that the life saving medication was administered successfully by lay individuals.


Peer Support

Each peer support staff member must be in recovery for a minimum of one year, trained and certified as a North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS). 


The North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist Program provides acknowledgment that the peer has met a set of requirements necessary to provide support to individuals with mental health or substance use disorder.


Their lived experience enables them to engage the individuals we serve with authenticity, compassion, insight, and understanding as they help those we serve build hope, pursue treatment, and engage in harm reduction.

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Help Our Cause

We are grateful for our community partners that help make syringe exchange and Naloxone distribution possible. It is difficult to find funding for the actual purchase of syringes. We take donations of unused syringes of the follow types: 27 gauge, 28 gauge, 30 gauge, 31 gauge. Please contact us if you have unused syringes, or other first aid supplies you would like to donate. If you would like to send funds you can give below

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