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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

    (202) 889-7900 / Mobile Unit: (202) 253-5712

    Call (202) 253-5712 or (202) 510-4012

    Click HERE for a mobile van schedule and more detailed information.

    It is recommended that you call for the exact location.
    Per the program, 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.

    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.

    1313 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
    (202) 383-8810
    HIPS offers syringe exchange services
    Monday-Friday (10:00 am - 4:00 pm), at the Daytime Services Center located at 1313 New York Ave NW.

    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 or naloxone. 

    Contact Alexandra Bradley, Mobile Services Manager, at “[email protected]” 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.

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