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Needle Exchange - NEX

Providers and locations in the District of Columbia that provide needle exchange and harm reduction services:

Click here for a map of Needle Exchange sites and Opioid Dependency Treatment Centers in DC.

  • Bread for the City
    1525 Seventh Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20001
    (202) 386-7020

    Bread for the City provides harm reduction activities and needle exchange services for those in need at its headquarters located at 1525 Seventh Street, NW only. Call Bread for the City for more information.
  • Family and Medical Counseling Services, Inc.
    2041 Martin Luther King Ave., SE
    Suite 303
    Washington, DC  20020
    (202) 889-7900 / Mobile Unit: (202) 253-5712

    Needle Exchange Mobile Unit Schedule:
    (services provided by Family and Medical Counseling Services) 

    Monday: 
    9:30 am - 11:30 am Potomac Gardens
    1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Southern Avenue & Chesapeake St., SE

    Tuesday:

    9:30 - 11 am  Division Avenue, NE
    11:20 am - 12 pm  Half and O Streets, SE
    1:30 pm - 3:30 pm MLK Ave. and Morton Streets, SE

    Wednesday

    9 am - 10:15 am 14th and U Streets, NW
    10:30 am - 11:40 am Montello and Simms
    1:30 pm - 3:30 pm North Capitol St. and Florida Ave., NW

    Thursday

    9:30 am - 11:30 am Georgia Avenue and Morton Street, NE
    1:30 pm - 3:30 pm 19th and Benning Road

    Friday
    Visit office location 

    Family and Medical Counseling Services provide needle exchange and harm reduction services to some of Washington, DC’s neighborhoods that are impacted by drug use. Call Family and Medical Counseling Services for more information.
     
  • HIPS
    906 H Street, NE
    Washington, DC 20018
    (202) 232-8150; Hotline:(800) 676-HIPS (4477)

    HIPS offers syringe exchange services Monday (10:30 am - 4 pm), Tuesday-Thursday (10 am - 4 pm), and Friday (1 pm -4 pm) at their drop-in center located at 906 H Street, NE.

    Their mobile outreach van is available during weekdays, as well as overnight on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for people who inject drugs, people who inject hormones, and diabetics.

    Call the HIPS hotline at 1-800-676-4477 for information on meeting up with the van or to schedule a delivery for syringe exchange and safer injection supplies. Contact Alexandra Bradley, Mobile Services Manager, for more information about syringe exchange services. HIPS also offers Naloxone, safer sex supplies, medication-assisted treatment, clinical care, case management, and other services for people engaged in sex work or drug use, as well as anyone needing services.
     

The DC Needle Exchange Program (DC NEX) will keep our communities safe by stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and connecting people to the health services they need. The District of Columbia Department of Health, HAHSTA supports comprehensive harm reduction programs. This includes:

  • a needle exchange program that works to reduce the numbers of injection drug users (IDU) who are infected with HIV in the District
  • helping to increase the number of District residents who know their HIV and Hepatitis C status, and
  • ensuring people with HIV and Hepatitis have access to care and treatment.

District of Columbia Code Regarding the Conducting of Needle Exchange Programs [PDF]

Contact Phone: 
(202) 671-4900
Contact TTY: 
711