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Syringe Exchange Program
What Is Syringe Exchange:
The Syringe Exchange Program is a public health program for intravenous drug users.
It is an important component of a comprehensive set of programs designed to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and other blood borne infections among injection drug users, their families and within our communities.  The program provides new, sterile syringes in a one-for-one exchange for used, contaminated syringes.  Important risk reduction information is provided and a staff member is available to help drug users get into drug treatment and health care programs. Other services may be available, including HIV testing and vaccinations.

Program Information:
LOCATION:      621 Grade St, Kelso WA 98626
DAY/HOURS:   Fridays, 2:00-4:45pm (people not in waiting room by 4:45pm will not be seen)
SERVICES:      Walk-in-Only; no appointments necessary

Risk Reduction Tips:
  •  Never reuse or share needles, water or drug preparation equipment.
  •  Use a new needle every time you inject.
  •  Get new needles from a reliable source (pharmacy or syringe exchange).
  •  Use clean water.
  •  Use a new disinfected container ("cooker").
  •  Use a new filter ("cotton").
  •  Clean the injection site with an alcohol swab.
  •  Safely dispose of syringes after one use. 

Safe Needle Disposal:
For information on safe needle disposal, please visit the Waste Control website
  • Never pick a syringe up with your bare hands.  Use gloves and tongs or pliers.
  • Do not break the needle off the syringe.
  • Always put a syringe in a hard plastic container.
  • Place the container on the ground -- do not hold -- and drop the syringe in it.
  • Tape the bottle shut. Write on the outside SHARPS DO NOT RECYCLE.

Watch "How to Safely Pick up a Syringe" from our partners at Multnomah County:


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