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Support our reapplication to the California Department of Public Health to reopen, expanding our hours and locations of service. You can send comments until June 25, 2018 here: SEPApplication@cdph.ca.gov. For more information, see our listing on their certification page.

The City of Santa Ana has implemented a permit process in the Civic Center and has denied our application. While we are doing everything we can do to reopen, we will not be operating as of January 2018. Please check this website for current information as our situation is rapidly changing and we may be able to reopen soon.

The nearest other needle exchanges are in San Diego and Los Angeles:

Response to the Orange County Board of Supervisors

Recently, the Orange County Board of Supervisors released a public statement about OCNEP. The statement contained a lot of misinformation about how OCNEP and other syringe exchange programs operate. Please read our full response, which addresses these issues.


You've reached the Orange County Needle Exchange Program. We couldn't be happier to meet you. If you need clean needles, have dirty ones, need HIV or hepatitis C testing, or are otherwise in need of help, you've come to the right place.

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer-run, anonymous needle exchange located in Orange County, grounded in harm reduction and evidence-based principles. We are certified by the California Department of Public Health Syringe Exchange Certification Program. As we survive solely on donations and grants, and are run entirely by volunteers, please consider supporting us or joining us!

We provide:

When visiting one of our sites, you'll briefly check in with one of our staff members. Then, you'll dispose of your needles in one of our sharps containers and get your clean supplies. We exchange on a one-for-one plus 20 basis, meaning that we'll give you as many syringes as you dispose of, plus 20. We cap the total number of syringes that any single person can receive at 200.


We are open every Saturday in Santa Ana from 1 PM - 3 PM. Please stop by and we'll be happy to help you!


In the Civic Center, we are located in the plaza behind City Hall and next to the Santa Ana City Council building. Click here to see our exact location on Google Maps.

Directions to OCNEP

From Flower St. and 6th St., go east into the Civic Center parking lot. You'll see a large plaza with many flags in a circle. Walk up the stairs to the flag plaza and turn right towards a large fountain. Once you're at the fountain, you'll see the library to your left and some stairs down to a plaza with some trees on your right. Walk down those stairs and that's where we'll be!

From Santa Ana Blvd. and Ross St., go west on Santa Ana Blvd. until you see a large parking structure on your right. Turn right and walk past that parking structure towards City Hall. When City Hall is right in front of you, look left and you'll see stairs heading into a walkway. Go up that walkway and you'll see us to the right!

Please feel free to call us if you have any trouble. Please know that we may not monitor that voicemail when we're open, but if you call us beforehand we'll call you back and make sure you understand how to find us.


We are a 100% volunteer-run needle exchange. We are medical students, undergraduates, community members, parents, and you! If you are passionate about helping your community, we want you on our team. Volunteers for OCNEP run the exchange, manage our finances, develop research protocols, listen to feedback, and everything else related to the program.

We have regular meetings in Orange. If you'd like to come to meet us and hear about how to get more involved, contact us — we'd love for you to join us!

To apply, email us with a brief description of what motivates you to volunteer and any specific skills to help us understand where you might fit in the organization.


We thank the following organizations and individuals for their continued partnership, support, and dedication to harm reduction and public health in Orange County: