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IMPORTANT NOTICE: JANUARY 2018

The City of Santa Ana has implemented a permit process in the Civic Center and as of early January we are still waiting for our application to be approved. This has put our organization in jeopardy and while we are doing everything we can do to remain open, we will have more restricted hours (closing at 3 PM sharp) and may be unable to open some weekends. Please check this website for current information.

IMPORTANT: If you arrive after 2:45 PM, you may not be able to exchange your needles! Please arrive early to guarantee that we will be open.

Please sign our petitions to help us stay open!

Please also consider coming to the next City Council meeting to show your support on Wednesday, January 16, at 5 PM in the City Council Chamber, 22 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana.

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

Welcome!

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.

Hours

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

Directions

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.

Volunteer

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.

Supporters

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