Anonymous  & Confidential Program

What do we offer?
– Safe Disposal of used needles
– Clean Needles
– Free confidential HIV testing
– Education





100 Glenns Creek Road
Frankfort, KY 40601

Mon – Fri 12:00pm – 3:00pm

  • A public health program for people who are injecting drug users (IDUs). 
  • On March 24, 2015, the Kentucky General Assembly gave municipalities authority to institute a needle exchange program. As a proven practice to reduce the spread of Hepatitis C, HIV and blood-borne diseases. 
  • Senate Bill 192 was passed to allow local health departments to give clean needles to IDUs in exchange for their used needles, with no criminal penalty for the drug users
  • Proven to reduce the spread of  hepatitis C, HIV and other blood-borne infections
    • Provides new, sterile syringes and clean injection equipment
    • Properly disposes of contaminated syringes
  • Safe disposal of used needles
  • Free confidential testing for HIV (optional)
  • Education about the harms associated with drug use and how to minimize them
  • Counseling and treatment
  • NOTE: We will not accept needles from patients with diabetes. We realize the need for these patients to dispose of their used needles and have learned from the city/county that these needles can be put in the regular trash if they are sealed in a heavy plastic or metal container such as a coffee can or similar plastic container, like a laundry detergent container. We urge patients who need to dispose of needles used for insulin to do so according to accepted procedures.

Naloxone (Narcan®) is a prescription medication that can reverse an overdose that is caused by an opioid drug. When administered during an overdose, naloxone blocks the opioids on the brain and restores breathing. It can be given as an injection into a muscle or as a nasal spray.

Naloxone has no potential for abuse. If it is given to a person who is not experiencing an opioid overdose, it is harmless. If naloxone is administered to a person who is experiencing an opioid overdose, it will produce withdrawal symptoms. Naloxone does not reverse overdoses that are caused by non-opioid drugs.

Naloxone should be stored at room temperature and away from light. The shelf life of naloxone is approximately two years.

  • Naloxone has been approved since 1971
  • Naloxone is not a controlled substance
  • Naloxone is an inert medication, non-addictive
  • Naloxone can be administered repeatedly without harm
  • Naloxone has no potential for abuse
  • Naloxone has a shelf life of two years
  • Naloxone can be administered intramuscularly, intranasally via atomizer devise or via an auto-injector
  1. Try to wake the person up by yelling their name and rubbing the middle of their chest with your knuckles (sternum rub).
  2. Call 9-1-1. Indicate the person has stopped breathing or is struggling to breathe.
  3. Make sure nothing is in the person’s mouth that could be blocking their breathing. If breathing has stopped or is very slow, begin rescue breathing.


  1. Tilt their head back, lift chin, pinch nose shut.
  2. Give 1 slow breath every 5 seconds. Blow enough air into their lungs to make their chest rise.
  3. Use naloxone and continue rescue breathing at one breath every 5 seconds.
  4. If the person begins to breathe on their own, put them on their side so they do not choke on their vomit. Continue to monitor their breathing and perform rescue breathing if respirations are below 10 breaths a minute. If vomiting occurs, manually clear their mouth and nose.
  5. Stay with the person until EMS arrives.


Good Samaritan Law

Drug overdoses continue to climb at an alarming rate and remain a major cause of preventable deaths. Calling 911 during an overdose can mean the difference between life and death, but some witnesses avoid calling due of fear of arrest. In response, Kentucky has enacted KRS 218A.133, which protects people from prosecution when they report a drug overdose. This is commonly known as a “Good Samaritan Law,” and it provides an important tool to save lives. There is no longer any need to watch a friend or family member die due to a fear of criminal prosecution.

Casey’s Law

The Matthew Casey Wethington Act for Substance Abuse Intervention is named for Matthew Casey Wethington, who died in 2002 from a heroin overdose at the age of 23. Casey was an energetic young man who enjoyed life until it was “taken” by drugs. Casey never intended to become addicted to drugs when he used it the first time. What he did not realize was that his using would progress from abusing to dependence and then to the disease of addiction. Although his parents tried to get him help, there was no law that could force someone into treatment because he was an adult. After Casey’s death, his parents lobbied for a change. “Casey’s Law” is an involuntary treatment act for those who suffer from the disease of addiction.

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