We are reopening!
OCNEP is pleased to receive authorization from the California Department of Public Health to provide important public health services throughout Orange County. Orange County, like many other counties across the U.S., is facing an unprecedented opioid epidemic, and our harm reduction approach is a key, research-driven way to save lives and quell the spread of infectious disease. We stand ready to not only continue serving our clients with the dignity and respect that they deserve, but respond to our neighbors' concerns about needle litter by providing more consistent sharps disposal, community needle sweeps, and a hotline to report improperly discarded syringes. We look forward to working closely with elected officials, law enforcement, and communities throughout Orange County to improve public safety and promote public health for all of our residents.
Town Hall meetings
Our third town hall meeting has been postponed — watch this space for updates!
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!
- Access to clean syringes
- Disposal of used syringes
- On-site HIV and hepatitis C testing
- Referrals to health, housing, and treatment services, if requested
- Other harm reduction and safer-sex supplies and information
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 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:
- AIDS United
- American Medical Student Association
- Arnold P. Gold Foundation
- Broken No More
- California Medical Association Foundation
- Drug Policy Alliance
- Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation
- The Factory Bouldering
- Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing (GRASP) Orange County
- Harm Reduction Coalition
- Homeless Health Care Los Angeles
- Illumination Foundation
- LA Community Health Project
- Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)
- The LGBT Center OC
- Orange County Medical Association
- Physicians for Human Rights
- Radiant Health Centers (formerly the AIDS Service Foundation Orange County)
- SEED People's Market
- Solace Foundation of Orange County
- Dr. Angulo, Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, UC Irvine; Santa Ana FQHC
- Dr. Bluthenthal, Professor of Preventative Medicine, USC
- Dr. Brown, Assistant Professor of Public Health, UC Riverside
- Dr. Coates, Professor of Medicine and Global AIDS Research, Director of the UCLA Center for World Health, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
- Dr. Cesario, Professor of Medicine and former Dean, UC Irvine
- Dr. Darrow, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kaiser Permanente
- Dr. Davidson, Assistant Professor of Global Public Health, UC San Diego
- Dr. Deyhimy, Anesthesiology and Addiction Medicine
- Dr. Dow, Clinical Professor and Chair of Family Medicine, UC Irvine; Santa Ana FQHC
- Dr. Forthal, Professor and Chief of Infectious Disease, UC Irvine
- Dr. Fox, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Dean, UC Irvine
- Judge Jim Gray, Superior Court of Orange County
- Dr. Grob, Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine
- Dr. Haigler, Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, UC Irvine
- Dr. Kilgore, Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, UC Irvine; Santa Ana FQHC
- Dr. Lopez, Kaiser Permanente Emergency Medicine
- Jose Rea, Administrative Director, Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community, UC Irvine School of Medicine
- Dr. McQuade, Psychiatry
- Dr. Mecca, Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology, UC Irvine
- Dr. Ojeda, Associate Professor of Global Public Health, UC San Diego
- Dr. Panik, Psychiatry, UC Berkeley
- Dr. Presti, Teaching Professor of Neurobiology, Psychology, and Cognitive Science, UC Berkeley
- Dr. Slaybaugh, Professor of Nuclear Engineering, UC Berkeley
- Dr. Stockman, Assistant Professor of Global Public Health, UC San Diego
- Dr. Strathdee, Professor, Associate Dean, and Chief of Global Public Health, UC San Diego
- Dr. Timberlake, Assistant Professor, Public Health and Epidemiology, UC Irvine
- Dr. Treisman, Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, Director of the AIDS Psychiatry Service, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
- Dr. Urada, Assistant Professor of Global Public Health, UC San Diego
- Dr. Vo, Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, UC Irvine
- Dr. Wilson, Professor and Director of Critical Care, UC Irvine
- Dr. Zaleski, Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work, USC