New harm reduction vending machine now accessible in Jay

JAY, Okla. — It’s a first in Jay and a more accessible way for people to get harm reduction tools.

This Full Harm Reduction Vending Machine sits outside of the Urgent Recovery Center entrance of the Grand Mental Health Building. It offers things like Narcan, HIV test kits, fentanyl test strips, wound care kits, pregnancy tests, and blood alcohol tests.

It’s all thanks to a partnership from multiple grants throughout Delaware County. The facility’s operational director hopes it will continue to make a difference in the community.

“I know that there’s a need, and so it’s so exciting to know that someone, it helps someone in whatever way. Narcan saves lives, and I know that some of the Narcan has been taken out of the vending machine and so we’ve potentially saved lives by having this machine here,” said Tiffany Brock, Grand Mental Health Delaware County Operational Director.

Brock also says the machine is outside of the building to offer more privacy.

According to the CDC, there were more than 1,000 drug overdose deaths and more than 20,000 sexually transmitted infections in Oklahoma in 2022.

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