The Works Program is a free, legal, and anonymous public health service available to all people who use drugs in Boulder County. The supplies, education, resources, and support offered to Works Program participants are also accessible to friends and family of people who use drugs in Boulder County.
Boulder County Public Health’s Works Program recognizes the increasingly harmful impacts of opioids on a national, state, and local level. Staff and volunteers of the Works Program advocate for people who use drugs and are at risk of an opioid overdose by providing free access to opioid overdose education and resources, including Narcan and fentanyl test strips.
This public health crisis is a serious and ongoing concern for Works Program staff, participants, and the Boulder County community at large. To learn more about harm reduction and the opioid crisis, please see the resources below:
Works Program Goals & Services
The primary goal of the Works Program is to enable people who use drugs to reduce their risk of disease and overdose death, and increase access to referrals and linkage to supportive services including HIV and hepatitis C testing and treatment, hepatitis A and B immunizations, substance use recovery and mental health resources, etc.
The mission is to provide services in a safe, non-judgmental setting that welcomes, affirms, and accepts everyone regardless of their current drug use practices. The program provides services within the context of harm reduction principles and guidelines, as outlined by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).
We provide harm reduction supplies (sterile supplies for injecting, smoking, snorting drugs, and overdose prevention materials), education, and resources to people who use drugs in Boulder County.
The Harm Reduction Program at Boulder County Public Health partners with Recovery Café Longmont and the Boulder County Sheriff’s office to provide:
- Community recovery support through the Recovery Café in Longmont
- Boulder County Sheriff’s office to provide assessment and treatment of opioid use disorder within the Boulder County Jail
- Boulder County AIDS Project to provide harm reduction supplies, education and resources
- Mental Health Partners to provide harm reduction supplies, education and resources