Harm Reduction

Harm Reduction Kits

Locations of Lock Boxes:

  • Polk County Health Department: 1907 Carpenter Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314
  • Polk County River Place: 2309 Euclid Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314

Lock Box Code: 185 036

Additional Lock Box Locations from The Project of Primary Health Care:

  • PHC University Clinic: (back parking lot, south east corner) 1200 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314
  • PHC South Side: 2401 SE 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50320
  • Anawim Housing: (to the right of the entrance) 1750 48th Street, Suite 100B, Des Moines, IA 50310

Lock Box Code: 185 036

What's in a Harm Reduction Kit?

  • 3 bottles (2 of water and 1 of bleach)
  • Tourniquet
  • Cotton Balls
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Antiseptic Wipes
  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Bandages
  • Gauze Pads

What is in the Lock Box?

  • Harm Reduction Kits
  • Sharps Disposal Containers
  • Hygiene Kits
    • Soap
    • Toothbrush
    • Period Products

Purpose of Harm Reduction Kits

If you are using needles, we encourage you throw away your used needles OR clean them, in order to reduce your risk of infection. The harm reduction kit contains bottles of water and bleach that you can use to clean your syringes and needles.

Sharps Disposal:

Used needles should be thrown away. Put your used needles in the large red sharps disposal trash bin and/or take a small black sharps disposal container to use.

How to Use a Harm Reduction Kit

Additional Harm Reduction Resources

Find FREE Naloxone (Narcan) through Naloxone Iowa without a prescription.

  • Order Tele-Naloxone Here. If you are uncomfortable asking a doctor or pharmacist for naloxone, order here and the naloxone will be delivered straight to your door.
  • Talk to a pharmacist directly and ask for naloxone. Click here to see a list of participating pharmacies in Polk County. (Call ahead to ensure availability.)

*Naloxone, often referred to by its brand name Narcan, can reverse an overdose and save a life.*

MAT Program at Primary Health Care

MAT Program at UCS Healthcare

MAT stands for Medication Assisted Treatment. MAT provides a “whole-patient” approach to help with the treatment of substance use disorders. MAT combines medications with counseling and behavioral health therapies, in order to treat people.

Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition has many services and resources to help people who use or inject drugs.

Where to Go for Healthcare, How to Pay for Healthcare, How to Prepare for Healthcare Appt, etc.

Iowa’s Good Samaritan Law encourages those who witness a drug overdose to stay and call 911, rather than running out of fear of prosecution.