Harm Reduction Services
Valhalla Place offers a variety of harm reduction services in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. Our non-judgmental approach to providing services are designed to support individuals who wish to reduce the negative effects associated with their drug use. There is no requirement to be enrolled in treatment to access harm reduction services.
Opiate overdoses interfere with a person’s ability to distribute oxygen throughout the body. Signs and symptoms of an opiate overdose include:
• Irregular or stopped breathing
• Turning blue
Naloxone (Narcan) is an inexpensive, harmless and effective medication that reverses an opiate overdose. Within minutes after Naloxone is administered, this life saving medication allows the affected person to breathe again. There are two ways that Naloxone can be administered, a shot in the muscle with a needle or a nasal spray.
Education and Access to Naloxone is available through our program for opiate users and their loved ones. Participants will complete a brief training, fill out some paperwork and be provided with an overdose reversal kit. Each kit contains two doses of Naloxone, two intramuscular syringes, and instructions. To obtain a kit from a Valhalla Place clinic, please visit the front desk and request a kit. For any other site, please contact that program directly.
Minnesota Locations for obtaining Naloxone overdose reversal kits:
Brooklyn Park - Valhalla Place: Monday - Friday 5:30a-12:30p
Woodbury - Valhalla Place: Monday - Friday 5:30a-12:30p
Minneapolis - Minnesota AIDS Project, Mainline Program: Fridays 11a-1p
Minneapolis – Red Door Clinic: Monday & Wednesday 8a-7p and Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8a-4p
Duluth - Rural AIDS Action Network (RAAN) “The Exchange”: Monday-Friday 11a-5:30p
Moorhead - Fargo/Moorhead Good Neighborhood Project: Tuesdays, Thursdays 6p-9p
Reporting Reversals (lives saved) helps us to measure the impact our Naloxone distribution efforts are having on Minnesota’s overdose death rate. If you’ve received a Valhalla Place overdose kit from us, and used it to reverse an overdose, please let us know. Reports can be made in person, by phone (651.925.8212), or email JulieI@valhallaplace.com
Agency support for Naloxone program development is available through Valhalla Place. Please send us an email to: JulieI@valhallaplace.com to request technical assistance.
Valhalla Place, Inc. is the state’s largest behavioral health provider for medication assisted treatment (methadone/suboxone), mental health services and medical services.
The Minnesota Pharmacy Syringe Access Initiative is a law that allows individuals to purchase and possess up to 10 clean syringes without a prescription. Unfortunately this initiative is voluntary for pharmacies and their staff have the right to refuse the sale. Before attempting to purchase syringes from a pharmacy, we recommend calling in advance to see if they will sell to you without a prescription.
Access to sterile injection equipment is available at both Valhalla Place Clinic’s. This service is available at Brooklyn Park on Mondays and in Woodbury on Friday’s; the hours for both are 9a-1p. People do not need to be accessing any other services at Valhalla Place in order to get support. There are no program requirements, dirty needles are not necessary in order to obtain clean ones and people can remain anonymous. To access our needle exchange program, ask our welcome desk staff to guide you to the exchange office.
Syringe Disposal is available at our Brooklyn Park clinic on Mondays and our Woodbury clinic on Fridays from 9a-1p.
Unused syringe donations are gladly accepted at both of our locations during clinic hours.