Injection Drug Use Bridge to Health Program

The Washington University Bridge to Health Program provides additional services to patients who inject drugs and are admitted to the hospital with invasive infections.

Patients in the program have FREE access to health coaches, mental health services, clinical case management, transportation and medication assistance (if eligible) and connection to care after treatment of the infection is completed. We have a team of people and additional resources to help you over the next few weeks .

Meet the Team

Jessica Gallegos, LMSW
Clinical Case Manager
(314) 584-0425
gallegos@wustl.edu

Tina Hoester, LCSW
Staff Therapist
(314) 565-0745
thoester@wustl.edu

Joe Ishman
Peer Recovery Specialist
(314) 333-9732
joe.ishman@wustl.edu

Kyle Klobe
Peer Recovery Specialist
(314)-565-1715
klobe@wustl.edu


Resources

MISSOURI NETWORK FOR OPIATE REFORM AND RECOVERY
4022 S. Broadway St. Louis, MO 63118

844-Rebel Up OR (844) 732-3587
www.monetwork.org
Drop-in Hours
Monday-Friday (10am-5pm)
Saturday-Sunday (12pm-6pm)

St. LOUIS EMPOWERMENT CENTER
1908 Olive Street St. Louis, MO 63103

(314) 652-6100
dbsaempowerment.org
Drop-in Hours
Every day (9am-3pm)

SPRINGFIELD RECOVERY COMMUNITY  CENTER
1925 E. Bennett St. Springfield, MO 65804

(417) 368-0852
SRCC   
Drop-in Hours
Monday- Friday (9am-9pm)
Saturday (6pm-10pm)

HEALING HOUSE
4602 St. John Ave. Kansas City, MO 64123

(816) 920-7181
healinghousekc.org
Drop-in Hours
Every day (9am-4.30 pm)
Sunday (1.00pm-3.00pm)

See websites for groups and activities

STRUGGLING?
Need help now?

Behavioral Health Response can help.
Call the 24-hour crisis line: (314) 469-6644 or (800) 811-4760.


Bacterial Infections

Injecting drugs can introduce bacteria into the skin, surrounding tissues, and/or the bloodstream. This happens when you use contaminated needles, when you re-use needles, or from not cleaning the skin prior to injection.

Licking needles prior to injecting can also cause bacterial and fungal infections. Sometimes when bacteria enter the bloodstream they can cause other problems including endocarditis, osteomyelitis, septic arthritis, or epidural abscess.