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
Tina Hoester, LCSW
MISSOURI NETWORK FOR OPIATE REFORM AND RECOVERY
4022 S. Broadway St. Louis, MO 63118
844-Rebel Up OR (844) 732-3587
St. LOUIS EMPOWERMENT CENTER
1908 Olive Street St. Louis, MO 63103
Every day (9am-3pm)
SPRINGFIELD RECOVERY COMMUNITY CENTER
1925 E. Bennett St. Springfield, MO 65804
Monday- Friday (9am-9pm)
4602 St. John Ave. Kansas City, MO 64123
Every day (9am-4.30 pm)
See websites for groups and activities
Need help now?
Behavioral Health Response can help.
Call the 24-hour crisis line: (314) 469-6644 or (800) 811-4760.
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.