Question & Answers Kelly Gilliland Public Health Agency (PHA) Injecting Drug Use in a Belfast Context Belfast context
There are currently 20 PHA/HSCB funded community pharmacy needle and syringe exchange services in Northern Ireland, four of which are in Belfast. Two of the services in Belfast have been in
place for over 17 years with 2 new providers having come on board this year. In the last four years, the number of needle exchange visits by Belfast residents has gone up by 82%. Role of NSES
Main aim - to reduce the transmission of bloodborne viruses (Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV) and other infections. Not just opioids (heroin), but also performance enhancing drugs (steroids), tanning agents, stimulants (cocaine), NPS (mephedrone) Crucially - a means of contact providing opportunities for harm reduction advice and
support to help the person stop injecting. Low Threshold Services Advice on safer injecting practices minimising the harm done by drugs how to avoid and manage an overdose
Information about safe handling and disposal of injecting equipment Access to
help to stop drug treatment blood-borne virus testing, vaccination and treatment services other health and welfare services PHA funded D&A Services (Belfast) Drug Outreach Team (DOT) BHSCT
Drugs Accommodation Support Project (DASP) and Alcohol Housing Support Service (AHSS) both Extern Street Injecting Support Service (SISS) and Dual Diagnosis Rough Sleepers Service both Extern (pilots, with other funders also) Step 2 services for those ready for help For young people (11-21/25yrs) Start 360/ASCERT and for adults (18+) Addiction NI
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Drug Outreach Team We are a Low Threshold High Tolerance Service open 9am- 5pm Monday to Friday. We work with people who are Intravenous drugs users and people who use strong Opiates. Individuals who meet the above criteria have to be known to The Drug Outreach Team or Community Addiction Team in order to get a referral for treatment. We work with people who tend not to access existing services and provide outreach to make our service more accessible and engage those service users who otherwise would not present.
We work alongside partner agencies such as Treatment Services, homeless services, Housing, hostels and voluntary/ community sector service. Referrals to Drug Outreach Referrals can be made in several different ways to DOT 1. 2. 3. 4.
Self Referrals Through your GP Through any service already working with the person Through a friend We do have a referral form for professionals to complete and I will give our contact details at the end if you wish to contact us to get a referral form DOT has an open door policy
Contact Details The Drug Outreach Team GDP House 59 Durham Street BELFAST BT12 4GB Alana McCullough (Team Leader) 07714847337/ 02895 049521
TEAM EMAIL FOR REFERRALS [email protected] Natasha Connolly Extern Meeting people at point of need Street Injecting Support Service- SISS
SISS can be contacted for information and support around inappropriately discarded injecting equipment and provide support to drug users in Belfast City Centre. Extern also have a Dual Diagnosis street team that responds to people with chronic mental health and addiction issues.
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