1.1 million people in the US are living with HIV.
1 in 7 of them don’t know they have it.
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
FREE Syringe Exchange and Safe Disposal Location
"I think that the exchange probably saved my life, and at the very least definitely saved me from getting hepatitis C or worse. I had access to condoms which I wouldn't have been able to buy otherwise. I was always treated like a human being when I came in there and everyone cared, and I mean truly cared. I think [syringe service programs are] necessary to keep the spread of diseases down along with keeping used needles off the streets and sidewalks. I always returned them. I even collected some of my peers' syringes if i saw them disposing of them improperly."
- Syringe Services Program Participant
Syringe Services Programs can help stop the spread of HIV, viral hepatitis, and other blood-borne infections.
WNCAP operates two syringe services programs. Both the Needle Exchange Program of Asheville (NEPA) and the Needle Exchange Program of Franklin help decrease the rate of new cases of blood-borne infections, including HIV, viral hepatitis, and even endocarditis by replacing un-sterile syringes with sterile ones. Both of WNCAP’s syringe services programs are judgement free and stigma free spaces.
The hours of operation for the Needle Exchange Program of Asheville are 9am-5pm on Monday through Friday. For more information about NEPA, contact Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (828) 301-2185.
The hours of operation for the Needle Exchange Program of Franklin are 9am-5pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9am-7pm on Tuesdays and 12pm-2pm on Saturdays. For more information about the Franklin syringe exchange, contact Thomas at email@example.com or call (828) 349-0036.
Anyone may access safer injection and harm reduction equipment along with naloxone (Narcan), an opioid overdose reversal medication, by visiting the WNCAP office at 554 Fairview Road in Asheville (Buncombe County), or 3257 Georgia Road in Franklin (Macon County). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that syringe access programs are effective in bringing down new cases of HIV and viral Hepatitis. They have become increasingly important in reducing and reversing overdoses in our communities.
Not only are syringe access programs effective as components of comprehensive harm reduction strategies, they offer opportunities to better one’s health outcomes, and to provide linkage to testing, care, and recovery options. They help to reduce the stigma associated with substance use and elevate the public health of the community overall.
Due to the rising tide of the opioid epidemic, which is particularly severe in Western North Carolina, demand for syringe access programs runs very high. We, with other organizations in the community work everyday to meet these needs.