We offer syringe exchange at two Vermont locations. Both of our programs are located within well-established primary care medical clinics, providing a safe, anonymous, confidential and discrete setting for individuals who are actively injecting drugs to access clean syringes in exchange for used syringes, thereby reducing the risk of acquiring and transmitting HIV and Hepatitis C.
Our syringe exchange is much more than just a place to exchange needles. We offer HIV and Hepatitis C testing to all of our clients. We also offer clients clean injection equipment, bleach kits, Sharps containers, and condoms as well as referrals to medical and social services and drug treatment programs. We can reduce needle sharing behavior by encouraging more people to join and use our exchange. By providing education about HIV and Hepatitis C transmission and harm reduction techniques, we can help clients make better choices about their sexual and drug use practices. Through our collaborative relationships with other agencies, we can help clients access social and medical services.
We are working to stop overdoses in our community by offering Narcan/naloxone, the overdose antidote, to our clients, their families and friends. Naloxone nasal spray is available at no cost at the exchange after a brief training. If you or someone you know is at risk for overdose, please contact Laura for more information.
Our syringe exchange program is anonymous. At their first visit, clients are given an “ID card” with a unique identifier that is not their name. Clients are never required to show their driver’s license or any other identification.
Good Neighbor Health Clinic at 70 North Main Street in White River Junction. Ask for Laura or Ryan.
Days and hours: Tuesdays from 2:00 to 4:00pm (please arrive by 3:45pm) and Thursdays from 9:00 to 11:00am (please arrive by 10:45).
Springfield Health Center at 100 River Street in Springfield VT. At the reception area on the second floor, ask for Laura or Ryan. Days and hours: Wednesdays from 10:00am to noon (please arrive by 11:45).
We offer free and confidential HIV and Hepatitis C testing before and after exchange hours by appointment, and drop-in testing during exchange hours (if there are no people waiting).
We are closed on the following holidays:
New Year's Day: January 1st Independence Day: July 4th Thanksgiving Day: 4th Thursday in November Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: December 24th - 25th
Questions? Call Laura at 603-448-8887 or email Laura@H2RC.org.
If you need to contact Laura during Tuesday/Thursday exchange hours, please call 802-295-1868.