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Needle Exchange - NEX

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

  • Family and Medical Counseling Services, Inc.
    2041 Martin Luther King Ave., SE
    Suite 303
    Washington, DC  20020

    Family and Medical Counseling Services has two mobile units that provide needle exchange and harm reduction services to some of Washington, DC’s neighborhoods that are impacted by drug use.
    Mobile Units: (202) 253-5712 and (202) 510-4012
    Regional SSP Coordinator: (202) 699-1984

    Due to traffic, gun violence, weather, and parking restrictions, mobile units may not be at the exact location but will be in the general area. It is recommended that you call ahead for the mobile unit’s exact time and location each day.

    Mobile Unit Schedules

    • Half St. and O St. SW. Washington, DC. – Ward 6 (Mondays 9:00am-12:00pm)

    • Southern Ave. and Chesapeake St. SE. Washington, DC. – Ward 8 (Mondays 1:00pm-4:00pm)

    • Division Ave. and Nannie Helen Burroughs NE. – Ward 7 (Tuesdays 9:00am-12:00pm)

    • Benning Rd. and East Capitol St. SE. Washington, DC. – Ward 7 (Tuesday morning alternate site when Division Ave. is slow)

    • MLK and Mellon St. SE. Washington, DC. – Ward 8 (Tuesdays 1:00pm-4:00pm)

    • 14th St. and U St. SE. Washington, DC. – Ward 8 (Wednesdays 9:00am-12:00pm)

    • Mt. Olivet Rd. and Montello Ave. NE. – Ward 5 (Wednesdays 1:00pm-4:00pm)

    • Minnesota Ave. and Clay St. NE. Washington, DC – Ward 7 (Wednesdays 1:00pm-4:00pm)

    • Georgia Ave. and Morton St. NW. Washington, DC – Ward 4 (Thursdays 9:00am-12:00pm)

    • 19th St. and Benning Rd. NE. – Ward 7 (Thursdays 1:00pm-4:00pm)

    • Rhode Island Ave. and 5th St. NE. Washington, DC. – Ward 5 (Fridays 9:00am-12:00pm)

    • Chuck Brown Park/ Langley Park – Ward 5 (Fridays 9:00am-12:00pm)

  • Honoring Individual Power and Strength (HIPS)
    HIPS offers syringe exchange services for people who inject drugs, people who inject hormones, and diabetics at their drop-in center and satellite center at the Downtown Day Services Center, as well as on their mobile van. 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.

    • Drop-In Center
      906 H Street, NE
      Washington, DC 20018

      (202) 232-8150;
      Monday - Friday (11 am - 1 pm) 

    • Downtown Day Services Center
      1313 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
      (202) 383-8810
      HIPS offers syringe exchange services
      Monday-Friday (10 am - 4 pm)

      Mobile Unit Schedule

      All mobile outreach times are approximate. Please call the hotline at 1-800-676-4477 or email [email protected] to schedule a delivery.

      • Monday: Rolling / Street Outreach

      • Tuesday: NE DC (1pm - 7pm)

      • Wednesday: SE / SW DC (11am - 4pm)

      • Thursday: NW DC (11am - 4pm)

      • Friday: Rolling / Street Outreach

      • Friday Overnight: City-wide (11pm - 7am)

      • Saturday Daytime: Street Outreach (2pm - 6pm)

      • Saturday Overnight (bi-weekly): City-wide (11pm - 7am)

  • Us Helping Us, People into Living Inc.
    For over 30 years, Us Helping Us has been providing innovative care and services to improve the health and well-being of Black, gay men. We work every day to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS in the entire Black community by providing care to anyone who walks through our door. Us Helping Us works tirelessly to address the existing health disparities for underserved and marginalized communities, particularly Black men who have sex with men, Black transgender women, and other sexual minorities. Us Helping Us provides needle exchange services at both their main DC location and via a mobile unit.

    • DC Location
      3636 Georgia Ave NW, Washington DC 20010
      (202) 446-1100
      Monday-Thursday 10:00am-5:00pm
      Friday: 9:00am-4:00pm

    • Mobile Unit Schedule
      (202) 412-6814

      • Tuesday: Georgia Ave NW, 11:00am-2:00pm

      • Wednesday: Columbia Heights, 12:00pm-3:00pm

      • Thursday: Georgia Ave NW, 11:00am-2:00pm

      • Friday: Home deliveries to SSP participants, 11:00am-3:00pm

      • Friday (2nd and 4th of each month): West Virginia Ave NE, 7:00pm-10:00pm

Additional Information:


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

  • insuring 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