Plan B, also known as the “morning after pill,” is an emergency contraceptive used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. Each pill can cost $35 to $60 at a pharmacy, but the Harm Reduction Center of Las Vegas offered it this month, free of charge. The center specializes in free harm reduction services including disease prevention, opiate overdose reversal medication, needle exchange programs, rapid HIV testing and more.
“That’s where the idea of emergency contraception came in,” said program manager Chelsi Cheatom. “We were starting to be asked [for it] and we didn’t know anywhere that they could get it for free.”
The center had a supply of soon-to-expire pills, so it spread the word and saw such a demand, it ran out in just a few days without advertising. The center plans to restock by the new year, Cheatom said. “Getting people in the door is the first step. There may be people who don’t have access to emergency contraception due to financial resources,” she said, and those seeking emergency contraception could also benefit from the center’s other resources, such as rapid HIV testing and referrals to the family planning center. “It allows people to take ownership over their own health and life,” Cheatom said, “which is all we’re trying to do.” 6114 W. Charleston Blvd., 702-840-6693, harmreductioncenterlv.com.