Closed Monday, September 4, 2023 for Labor Day Holiday

44 Cedar Avenue, Pineville, WV 24874

P.O. box 1679, Pineville, WV 24874


Fax: (304) 732-6709

Mon - Fri: 8:00 - 4:00

Closed Sat and Sun

Harm Reduction

What is Harm Reduction?

One of the missions of local health departments is to address unmet public health needs in the community. The Wyoming County Board of Health views preventive healthcare for people who use drugs, particularly those who inject opioids, to be one of these unmet needs. Harm Reduction Programs have been operating in West Virginia since 2011, acting as points of access to prevention, testing and treatment for blood-borne diseases as well as providing family planning and referrals to medical treatment and social services.

Harm reduction is a public health approach that aims to reduce harms related to substance use. Harm reduction includes many options and approaches; it may also include abstinence, or not using substances at all. Stopping all substance use isn’t required before receiving care. It meets people wherever they are in their substance use journey. Harm reduction strategies and services can lessen the consequences associated with substance use. The consequences include social, physical, emotional and/or spiritual concerns. It also involves outreach and support programs and referrals to health and support services. Harm reduction helps ensure services are non-judgmental and available to all.

Harm reduction treats people with respect. It helps people connect with others and develop healthy relationships. It involves working directly with people and their communities. The service helps individuals, families and friends learn harm reduction skills to apply to their everyday lifestyles.

Main Program Goals

  • Increased access to counseling and medically assisted treatment of chemical dependence through collaboration with local behavioral health providers;
  • Reduced morbidity and mortality from HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C through testing, referral to treatment, and sterile syringe access through a 1 for 1 exchange program
  • Reduced opioid overdose deaths through expanded access to naloxone (Narcan);

Free Services for Harm Reduction

  • Naloxone (Narcan) Administration: This service is open to the public and FREE. Please ask us for information.
  • Peer Recovery Coaches: Clients are able to speak to someone with questions regarding recovery. Our coaches will assist with placement into a program.
  • Nurse: We have a nurse on site that clients may see if needed. STD, Family Planning, and testing for infectious diseases are available.