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Las Vegas and Seattle share advice on implementing harm reduction vending machines

April 2024

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In an April 2024 webinar with Big Cities Health Coalition, Jessica Johnson (Health Education Supervisor at Southern Nevada Health District) and Thea Oliphant-Wells (Harm Reduction & Fentanyl Testing Program Manager at Public Health–Seattle & King County) explained how their health departments have implemented harm reduction vending machines. They offered recommendations for other jurisdictions that are considering using this harm reduction tool.  

These machines, also referred to as public health vending machines, are an approach to preventing overdoses and disease transmission and supporting sexual health. The machines can include: 

  • naloxone
  • fentanyl test strips
  • sexual health kits
  • syringe kits
  • wound care kits
  • hygiene kits

When thinking about implementing public health vending machines, Johnson and Oliphant-Wells recommended that communities should consider: 

  • people who can act as local champions
  • what settings would be most optimal for both user access and availability of support staff
  • cost
  • maintenance and day-to-day operations
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