IMPORTANT NOTICE: WE ARE CLOSED
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:
- Homeless Health Care Los Angeles
- LA Community Health Project
- Clean Syringe Exchange Pilot (San Diego)
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!
- 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 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.
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:
- 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