Substance Use Resources (harm reduction and treatment)

What is harm reduction? Check out Harm Reduction International's definition.


What does Mono County have for harm reduction? Mono County's Health Department is able to provide harm reduction supplies and Behavioral Health are able to provide harm reduction supplies and mental health services. Harm reduction supplies include Narcan, fentanly testing strips, clean needles, sharps containers (for used needles), lock boxes, and condoms. 




Update: Naloxone/Narcan expiration date has been extended for another year

Naloxone (also known by the brand name Narcan) is a medication that can be used to help someone who is experiencing an opioid overdose.  It is a nasal spray that can quickly be given by a community member, has few known side effects, and no potential for abuse.

Naloxone (Narcan) works almost immediately to reverse opioid overdose.  While most professional first responders and emergency departments have this medication, emergency service providers may not arrive in time to revive overdose victims. Trained community members such as friends, family, and loved ones can effectively respond and reverse an opioid overdose.

Naloxone (Narcan) is available for free at the following agencies.  Please call for more information.

  • Mono County Behavioral Health (760) 924-1740
  • Mono County Paramedics (760) 934-3049
  • Mono County Public Health (760) 924-1830
  • Mono County Social Services (760) 924-1770

Naloxone (Narcan) may also be prescribed by a medical provider or be available at a local pharmacy without a prescription.

Please watch the video above (click here for fullscreen) to learn how to recognize an overdose and properly administer Naloxone (Narcan).  Also, review the Narcan Quick Start Guide and Naloxone Information Sheet so you can refer to them and be prepared to respond to an overdose.  There are links below where you can find more information about Naloxone (Narcan) and resources for help with substance use.

Learn more about Rescue Breathing

Staff training if Distributing Naloxone/Narcan

 Recording of Training by Dr. Tom Boo:

General training to review Naloxone, harm reduction measures and information about accessing services. This training is required for staff distributing Naloxone to community members through the Mono County Naloxone Distribution Program. 

Eastern Sierra Substance Use Project

Come take part in the community-wide approach of addressing substance use, while reducing stigma and promoting community cohesiveness. Join the Eastern Sierra Substance Use Project, all are welcome. See the webpage for information about the next meeting.