Founded in 2006, our syringe exchange program operates Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Good Neighbor Heath Clinic (GNHC), a well-established primary care clinic for uninsured and under-insured people, located in downtown White River Junction, VT. GNHC provides a safe, anonymous, confidential and discrete setting for individuals who are actively injecting drugs to be able to access clean syringes in exchange for used syringes, thereby reducing the risk of acquiring and transmitting HIV and Hepatitis C.
The 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 not required to show their driver’s license or any other identification.
Location: Good Neighbor Health Clinic at 70 North Main Street in White River Junction. Ask for Laura.
Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 to 4:00pm. Please arrive by 3:45.
We offer free, anonymous and confidential HIV and Hepatitis C testing before exchange hours by appointment, and drop-in testing during exchange hours.
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 exchange hours, please call 802-295-1868.