Safer Injection Kits
"Safer Injection Kits" Assembly at Judson
One very concrete difference that members of the Judson community make is assembling "safer injection kits" to prevent the spread of HIV among intravenous drug users.
We assemble between 100-200 kits at each work party. With 25 work parties per year, that's at least 2,500 kits that can save lives.
These kits are thankfully accepted by the staff and volunteers of the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center http://www.leshrc.org/node/12, who distribute the kits as part of their Syringe Exchange, or clean needle, program.
The Enabling Services Accountability Project provides this very helpful PDF of where to get services.
While our work is serious and our mission is important, our work parties are anything but. This is a delightful way to do a good thing, easily, while talking to, and getting to know, other Judson folk. Laughter is the rule! Kit assembly tasks are easily mastered, which leaves time for talk and enjoying a few light snacks.
Work in the Judson office area with Kim Kelly (jackim7 (at) earthlink.net) to prepare Safer Injection Kits for the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center.
Click here to find the most recent schedule of dates.
We make as many kits as we can from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, but come when you can and leave when you must. Meet us at the church office at 239 Thompson Street and ring the bell. Say the secret password and you're in...
Email Kim Kelly at jackim7 (at) earthlink.net with any questions.
What goes into a Safer Injection Kit?
A Safer Injection Kit contains:
- 5 - Syringes
- 5 - Band-Aids
- 6 - Alcohol pads
- 5 - Sterile Waters (each contains 2 ml. of water)
- 2 - Gold/Brass Caps (cookers)
- 2 - Silver/Aluminum Caps (cookers)
- 2 - Gauze packs
- 1 - Cotton pack
- Instructions sheet regarding safe practices
- Information sheet about services and hours at the L.E.S.H.R.C.
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The Space at Tompkins works with transient, and often homeless, individuals in New York City’s East Village neighborhood. Their mission is to provide opportunities to individuals by acting as a liaison between existing service providers and the local community, creating an evolutionary network for individuals who are not being reached by available services.
Find the most recent schedule to join us for creating Safer Injection Kits. [Click here.]