Some patients on opioids (strong pain drugs) or benzodiazepines (anxiety drugs) may have lost access to their doctors in the County. This can cause withdrawal, and lead some to use dangerous drugs, like fentanyl, which can cause overdose. Hospitals, ERs, and clinics should prepare for an increase in such patients.
Learn more, Health Update: Resource for patients seeking continued opioid or benzodiazepine therapy.
Xylazine, a non-opioid agent developed as a veterinary tranquilizer, has been increasingly detected in the nation’s illicit opioid supply. Xylazine has been associated with fatal overdoses and chronic wounds, with areas in the Northeast USA being heavily impacted with a confirmed case in Santa Clara County. Medical providers in the County should be aware of the signs and symptoms of xylazine toxicity to counsel patients appropriately.
Health Advisory on Xylazine
For the past three decades, the Harm Reduction Program (HRP) has been at the forefront of public health efforts to promote safer behaviors proven to control the spread of blood borne viruses, such as HIV and Hepatitis C as well as playing a vital role in the opioid overdose response. The HRP outreach staff utilize medical mobile units throughout the County to distribute injection and alternatives to injection supplies, opioid overdose prevention supplies, safer sex supplies. The HRP services include harm reduction health education, HIV, HCV, STD testing and counseling, and referrals to additional services. In 2021, the HRP initiated the Bay Area Medication Assisted Treatment and Peer Support Program (BAMAT), a low-barrier Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program offering easy, safe, and timely access to MAT for HRP participants onsite via telehealth and medical mobile unit. The BAMAT aims to prevent opioid overdose and support positive change.
The HRP is a program housed with in the Sexual Health and Harm Reduction Program of the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department.
Hours and locations
|Monday||1:30 to 3:30 p.m.||Knox Avenue:
Story Rd. and Knox Ave. (one block west from King Rd.) in San Jose
|Tuesday||1 to 3 p.m.||Second Street and 280:
Under the 280 overpass in San Jose (between S. First and Second St.)
|5 to 7 p.m.||Crane Center:
976 Lenzen Ave., Ste. 1800, San Jose (parking lot on the southwest side of the building)
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
976 Lenzen Avenue, Ste. 1800, San Jose (parking lot on the southwest side of the building)
|Friday||9:30 to 11:30 a.m.||Valley Health Center:
7475 Camino Arroyo, Gilroy
|2 to 4 p.m.||Little Orchard:
Little Orchard St. in San Jose (midway between Curtner and San Jose Avenue)
*Please arrive at least 30 minutes before closing if you are interested in a HIV or hepatitis C rapid test.
No Harm Reduction Program (HRP) services on Saturday, Sunday and County holidays. Services on Thursdays are conducted through local partners and housing sites. If you are a community partner or business in Santa Clara County and would like to request HRP services, please contact us at [email protected] or (408) 792-5529.
New Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) service available at HRP locations
In response to the opioid crisis, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department is offering MAT to our HRP participants. The program will make it easier to obtain opioid use disorder treatment, including MAT, behavioral health interventions, linkages and referrals, and other OUD support services. For more information and services contact the MAT Navigation staff at (510) 473-7504.
This pilot project is titled Bay Area Medication Assisted Treatment (BAMAT) and Peer Support Program in partnership with Bay Area Community Health and funded by the Sierra Health Foundation.
Our services and referrals
- Syringe access and disposal
- Opioid overdose prevention (naloxone and fentanyl test strip kits with training)
- Alternatives to injecting (supplies for snorting, smoking and booty bumping)
- Condoms and safer sex supplies
- General hygiene supplies
- STI, HIV and hepatitis C testing and linkage to care services
- Referrals to:
Additional health resources
Valley Homeless Clinic at Alexian
Drop-in psychiatric and health care clinic for unhoused individuals, call for hours and location.
Homefirst Shelter Clinic
Drop-in health care clinic for unhoused individuals, call for hours and location.
Mobile Medical Unit
Drop-in health care clinic for unhoused individuals, call for location near you.
Never Use Alone CA Hotline
Call 2-1-1 for 24/7 information on housing, food distribution and other assistance programs.
For our community partners
About the County of Santa Clara Drug User Health Advisory Committee (DUHAC)
DUHAC is a collaborative advisory board comprised of drug users and others who are concerned with drug user health in the county. The mission of the DUHAC is to empower drug users and other community stakeholders to guide and oversee harm reduction services by providing a formal mechanism for stakeholders to provide recommendations, guidance and feedback on agency policies regarding, treatment of and service provision to drug users and proximate community members.
Interested in joining DUHAC or have questions? Please contact [email protected].
The Santa Clara County Opioid Overdose Prevention Project
The Santa Clara County Opioid Overdose Prevention Project is a coalition of health care professionals and other volunteers from a variety of backgrounds whose aim is to promote opioid safety throughout our county for all residents. Our coalition is part of a larger network of opioid safety coalitions throughout the state, called the California Opioid Prevention Network. Interested in joining or have questions? Contact us at [email protected].