Under the Lorain County Pre- and Post-Release Project, we have the opportunity to work with those currently incarcerated both leading up to their release and immediately following their release. We provide peer support to inmates at both the Lorain County Jail and Community Based Correction Facility (CBCF).
While being incarcerated can temporarily suspend drug usage this does not address the underlying issues of addition. Providing peer support to those, who will be released in the near future or were recently released provides them with the emotional support tools they need to stay clean and begin a long-term recovery plan.
LINC in conjunction with our partners at the ADAS Board of Lorain County, Lorain County Public Health, Nord Center, Nord Family Foundation, Let's Get Real, LCADA Way, Firelands Counseling, University Hospitals and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation will begin a bi-weekly Harm Reduction Clinic on March 8, 2019. The Clinic, which will run from 1PM-4PM at Wellington United Methodists Church, 127 Park Place, Wellington, Ohio 44090, will provide harm reduction supplies to those in need.
In our attempt to provide options for recovery to those suffering addiction, The LINC Harm Reduction Clinic will offer the following services:
-Access to drug rehabilitation centers
-Resources for family, friends and significant others who are trying to cope with loved ones suffering from addiction
-HIV and STD testing
-Safe disposal and replacement of used syringes
-Other medical services
We believe our LINC Harm Reduction Clinic will bring more people into our successful treatment program by offering immediate counseling and rehabilitation to those ready to make that choice. If they are not ready yet, we want to reduce the chances of them struggling with other health issues while they make their decisions to choose recovery. Our goal is to support a healthy lifestyle or provide healthy alternatives to those struggling with addiction as we work regularly with them to choose freedom from this struggle. We also offer family and friend support to those with loved ones struggling with addiction.
We know that the harm reduction is equally important to our residents as we have struggled with used byproducts being left in public places. Additionally, Hepatitis, HIV and AIDS reduction will help protect those innocent victims who may come across byproducts that may leave them with debilitating, lifelong health concerns by accidental exposure.
Reports and studies unanimously support the conclusions that harm reduction programs reduce HIV/AIDS and hepatitis transmission and none have found that collecting and providing supplies caused rates of drug use to increase. Additionally, many studies affirm that these programs help to encourage and facilitate entry into treatment programs and healthy lifestyle changes
People having questions about this program or who are ready for immediate detox and recovery are encouraged to call 440-647-2244 (Wellington Police) or walk into the Wellington Police, Wellington Fire or South Lorain County Ambulance District Offices for immediate access to resources.