Harm Reduction & Substance Use Prevention

Reducing the harm of substance use and preventing overdose.

Harm Reduction

Harm reduction is an evidence-based approach that is critical to engaging with people who use drugs and equipping them with life-saving tools and information to create positive change in their lives and potentially save their lives.

Harm reduction is a practical and transformative approach that incorporates community-driven public health strategies — including prevention, risk reduction, and health promotion — to empower people who use drugs (and their families) with the choice to live healthy, self-directed, and purpose-filled lives. Harm reduction centers the lived and living experience of people who use drugs, especially those in underserved communities, in these strategies and the practices that flow from them.

Harm reduction works by addressing broader health and social issues through improved policies, programs, and practices.

Michigan's Good Samaritan Law

Michigan’s Good Samaritan law prevents drug possession charges against those that seek medical assistance for an overdose in certain circumstances. This law makes saving lives the priority during a drug overdose, not criminal prosecutions of illegal drug users. Read more here.

Harm Reduction at BEDHD

BEDHD is committed to reducing the harm of opioid overdose in our district by providing resources and education. Funds for harm reduction supplies are provided via State Opioid Response Grants and in partnership with Mid State Health Network. Narcan is provided through the State of Michigan. Wear One is a long-standing program at BEDHD.

Barry County Office:

  • Free Narcan Kits
  • Wear One packs (condoms)

Eaton County Office:

  • Health Resource Vending Machine - These products are free to anyone — no questions asked and no identification required — Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. -5 p.m., in the BEDHD lobby next to the elevator and stairs, 1033 Health Care Dr. in Charlotte.
    • Narcan/Naloxone
    • Fentanyl Test Strips - Test Strip Instructions
    • Xylazine Test Strips - Test Strip Instructions
    • Mini Sharps Disposal Containers (see right side for disposal info)
    • Medication Disposal Bags
    • First Aid Kits
    • CPR Face Shields
    • Wear One packs (condoms)

National Resources

Suicide Prevention Lifeline 
24 Hour Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255

The Listening Ear 
24 Hour Crisis Line: (517) 337-1717

End Violent Encounters (EVE) 
24 Hour Crisis Line: (517) 372-5572

Michigan State University Sexual Assault Trauma 
24 Hour Crisis Line: (517) 372-6666

Sharps Disposal:

We do not accept sharps disposal at BEDHD. To find a location to dispose of sharps please visit: