Syringe Exchange Programs
Syringe exchange is harm reduction, which is a set of practice strategies that reduce negative consequences of drug use, incorporating a spectrum of strategies from safer use to managed use to abstinence.
Syringe exchange programs are in place to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and other blood-borne pathogens among people who inject drugs, their families, and the larger community. This is typically done by exchanging used syringes through the program and receiving clean syringes and sometime drug preparation equipment in exchange.
Find a list of syringe exchange sites in Oregon.