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Needle Exchange - NEX

The DC Needle Exchange Program (DC NEX) will keep our communities safe by stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS and connecting people to the health services they need. The District of Columbia Department of Health, HAHSTA supports comprehensive harm reduction programs. This includes:

  • a needle exchange program that works to reduce the numbers of injection drug users (IDU) who are infected with HIV in the District
  • helping to increase the number of District residents who know their HIV and Hepatitis C status, and
  • ensuring people with HIV and Hepatitis have access to care and treatment.

District of Columbia Code Regarding the Conducting of Needle Exchange Programs [PDF]

Policy and Procedures for Needle Exchange in the District of Columbia [PDF]

Providers and locations in the District of Columbia that provide needle exchange and harm reduction services:

  • Bread for the City
    1525 Seventh Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20001
    (202) 386-7020

    Bread for the City provides harm reduction activities and needle exchange services for those in need at its headquarters located at 1525 Seventh Street, NW only. Call Bread for the City for more information.
  • Family and Medical Counseling Services, Inc.
    2041 Martin Luther King Ave., SE
    Suite 303
    Washington, DC  20020
    (202) 253-5829

    Family and Medical Counseling Services provide needle exchange and harm reduction services to some of Washington, DC’s neighborhoods that are impacted by drug use. Call Family and Medical Counseling Services for more information.
  • Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive (HIPS)
    2522 14th Street, NE
    Washington, DC 20018
    (202) 232-8150; Hotline:(800) 676-HIPS (4477)

    HIPS offers syringe exchange services Mondays through Thursdays from 11 am – 4 pm at their offices located at 2522 14th Street, NE. Their mobile outreach van is available from 11 pm – 5 am on both Friday and Saturday nights for hormone, silicone and drug injectors. Call the HIPS hotline at 1(800) 676-4477 for information on meeting up with the van. Contact Billie Tyler, Outreach Manager, for more information about syringe exchange services. HIPS also offers weekly support groups, educational groups and individual counseling, referrals and more for individuals involved in sex trade and drug use. Call the HIPS hotline to hear about this week’s opportunities!
Contact Phone: 
(202) 671-4900
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