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Harm Reduction Vending Machines

Free Supplies That Save Lives

Host A Harm Reduction Vending Machine

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), harm reduction is critical to keeping people who use drugs alive and as healthy as possible. Therefore, Behavioral Health Services of Milwaukee County Department of Health & Human Services has partnered with agencies to increase Milwaukee County residents’ access to harm reduction and prevention via vending machines. Agencies that complete the application will be eligible to host a vending machine if they provide at least one written recommendation from a community partner, are located in Milwaukee County, service Milwaukee County residents, and are able to provide accurate, timely evidence-based education about vending machine supplies. 

We're inviting public and private businesses, religious organizations, non-profits and behavioral health service providers to disseminate harm reduction and prevention supplies to Milwaukee County residents via vending machines for free. Agencies that complete the application will be eligible to host a vending machine if they provide at least one written recommendation from a community partner, are located in Milwaukee County, service Milwaukee County residents, and are able to provide accurate, timely evidence-based education about vending machine supplies. 

Complete your application and email your letter of support/recommendation to Jeremy Triblett.

Complete The Application

Find a Vending Machine Near You

 

In April, an application process was launched for interested entities within Milwaukee County's 19 municipalities. These initial 11 locations were selected based on the quality of their application, on-site interviews, a review of data identifying areas with the greatest need, and an assessment of foot traffic and accessibility. Each vending machine includes Narcan, fentanyl testing strips, medication lock bags and deactivation pouches, and gun locks. These supplies are free and include educational resources. 

 

Navigate the map below to find a Harm Reduction Vending Machine near you.

 

 

Promote Harm Reduction Vending Machines

Distribute the Harm Reduction Vending Machine postcards at events and meetings in the community! 

Share as pictures on your social media pages and print as PDFs to give to others.

       

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Watch the Demonstration Videos

Learn how to use each of the supplies by watching the videos below. Vending machines have the following supplies inside:

What is Harm Reduciton and Safe Use?

Take the training and share with others.

Medication Lock Bags

Secure medications and personal items

Fentanyl Test Strips

Test drugs before taking them

Gun Locks

Secure firearms and reduce physical harm

Medication Lock Bags

Secure medications and personal items

Nasal Narcan Kit

Reverse an overdose and save a life

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Wisconsin launches Narcan vending machines to reduce overdoses

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6/12

Community unites to promote help, hope on International Overdose Awareness Day

 Organizations from across Milwaukee County partnered on Thursday to remember those who died from drug overdoses and share resources to save lives. Presented by RISE Drug Free MKE, events kicked off at Samad's House, a home for women in recovery, to mark International Overdose Awareness Day

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Get To Know Our Funders and Partners

This project is supported with State Opioid Response grant funds (TI-22-005) and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant supplemental funding (DCTS Action Memo 2021-10, 2023-08) from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services awarded to Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Services. Additional support for harm reduction opioid remediation is provided through Milwaukee County Opioid Settlement funds (2023).

 

Vivent Health Lifepoint Program

The Vivent Health Lifepoint program Prevention Specialist will manage the restocking of vending machines, act as a liaison to hosting agencies and communicate with BHS - CARS to ensure the successful management of vending supplies.

HRI Vending

For over 30 years, HRI Vending has been Wisconsin’s leader in providing new and refurbished vending machine equipment, services, and parts. HRI vending will provide ongoing servicing to each machine, as needed.

MILWAUKEE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

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Suite 301

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53205

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Together, creating healthy communities.

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Empowering safe, healthy, meaningful lives.

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