Syringe exchange programs are a standard public health practice both in the United States and around the world. Studies show that syringe exchanges are cost effective programs that reduce the spread of diseases in the community, and do not increase the use of injection drugs.
The Whatcom County Health Department offers the confidential exchange of new, sterile syringes and clean injection equipment in exchange for contaminated syringes. The Health Department offers this program on Thursdays from 2:30 - 5:15 p.m. (except holidays)
Education on reducing harms associated with drug use
HIV testing (blood draw, results in 7 days)
Hepatitis C testing (finger stick, results In 20 minutes)