Straight Flush –
Nov. 25, 2019 – ReFresh Spot now serves 600 guests a day, providing them with restrooms, showers and laundry services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. HHCLA’s emphasis on access to basic sanitation reflects that harm reduction has imperatives far beyond the facilitation of safer drug use. The organization’s continuum of harm reduction services also includes wound care, naloxone distribution and training, and syringe exchange—to name but a few.
“There’s no barriers to entry here,” Campos said. “You don’t have to give up your name or sign up to use the bathroom. There’s a very low threshold, and that speaks to the success of the site. We can walk people to our other harm reduction center if they need something more, and they can receive naloxone. We listen to our guests and what their needs are.”