welcome · hours · directions · volunteer · supporters

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!

Orange town hall meeting

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.

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: