Harm Reduction

Our Harm Reduction program is funded by the New Mexico Department of Health HIV/AIDS Infectious Disease Bureau. Here in New Mexico the overdose rates are three times the national average in Rio Arriba County. We have higher than national average rates of Hepatitis C due to needle sharing among IDU (Intravenous Drug Users). Street Outreach consists of syringe exchange, harm reduction counseling, basic wound care, condom and barrier distribution, prevention information on HIV, STDs and viral hepatitis A, B, & C, HIV counseling and testing, community information and referrals, as well as food distribution. Overdose Prevention classes consist of teaching how to identify an overdose, perform rescue breathing, safely administer Narcan, and overdose treatment myths.

We have one of the largest harm reduction programs in New Mexico and between July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013 we collected 682,095 syringes and distributed 687,520.

For more information on this program, please contact:

Dave Koppa
Harm Reduction Program Manager
983-6158 x12
(505) 901-9020

For information about Acudetox, please contact:

Vivian Heye
Accu-Detox Specialist
(505) 983-6158