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Syringe exchange is a public health intervention which is proven to reduce the transmission of blood-borne pathogens in the community, including HIV and Hepatitis C. It works by providing people who cannot or will not stop injecting illegal drugs with new syringes, and a place to safely dispose of used syringes. There are approximately 200 syringe exchange programs operating in 38 states.
California Health and Safety Code Section 11364.7 (a) guarantees freedom from criminal prosecution for public entities and their agents or employees who distribute syringes or syringes during a lawfully authorized syringe exchange project/program.
As of January 2017, Access Support Network operates an authorized syringe exchange program in Monterey County. Please see below for service locations and dates.
Monterey County Syringe Exchange Schedule
15 Soledad Street, Salinas, CA 93901
Mondays and Fridays 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Nonprescription Syringe Sales
Beginning January 1, 2015, new legislation removes prior limits on the number of syringes pharmacies may sell without a prescription. Many pharmacists are unaware of the current law that allows pharmacies to sell syringes without a prescription or are unclear on what the law allows and requires. While the law allows pharmacies to sell syringes without a prescription, it does not require that pharmacies sell syringes without a prescription. Please check with your pharmacy to determine their policy.
For more information, review the Office of AIDS Pharmacist Fact Sheet released December 2014.
Additional materials and resources are available on the Office of AIDS syringe access website.
If you have questions please contact Kristy Michie, Program Manager, at email@example.com or 831-755-4503.
- California Dept of Public Health, Office of AIDS, Access to Sterile Syringes
- Harm Reduction Coalition
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