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Needle Exchange Program

NOTICE: Temporary Suspension of County of Santa Clara Needle Exchange Services

Due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak, we are temporarily suspending Needle Exchange Services until further notice.  Please call 408-792-5529 Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM to speak with Needle Exchange Staff. 

We can help you with where to obtain syringes in the community.  

Did you know California law allows pharmacies to sell needles and syringes to adults age 18 and older without a prescription? Since 2015, pharmacy laws have changed:  

  • There are no limits on the number of syringes an adult can obtain or buy
  • Pharmacists can choose how many syringes to provide or sell to you 

For free of cost safe injection kits, please go to the Public Health Pharmacy located at 976 Lenzen Ave in San Jose.  Their hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  

We are currently evaluating how to best work with our community during this time and will provide periodic updates on this website.  

Our Services

(408) 792-5529
  • Syringe exchange (new needles in exchange for used needles)
  • STD, HIV and Hepatitis C Testing at most Needle Exchange sites
  • Referrals: Mental health, detox, substance use and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV Prevention
  • Opioid overdose prevention (naloxone kits and training)
  • Safer sex supplies and hygiene kits
  • Fentanyl test strips​
Needle Exchange Hours & Locations
Effective July 1, 2019 needle exchange services are no longer provided at the San Martin site (90 Highland Ave San Martin) and hours have been extended at Knox, Gilroy and Little Orchard sites.

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Knox Avenue site: Story Road & Knox Avenue (one block west from King Road) in San Jose
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
2nd Street & 280 site: Under the 280 overpass in San Jose (between South 1st Street & South 2nd Street)

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Crane Center site: 976 Lenzen Avenue, San Jose (southwest side of building)
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Valley Health Center (VHC) @ Alexian site: 2101 Alexian Drive, San Jose (parking lot behind medical site)
10:30 am - 12:00pm
Valley Health Center (VHC) @ Sunnyvale site: 660 South Fair Oaks Avenue, Sunnyvale (Parking lot behind medical center)
9:00 am - 11:00 am
VHC @ Gilroy site: 7475 Camino Arroyo, Gilroy

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Little Orchard site: Little Orchard St in San Jose (midway between Curtner & San Jose Ave)

No Exchange Services:
Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday & County Holidays 

Frequently Asked About Health Resources

Valley Homeless Clinic at Alexian
Walk-in psychiatric and health care clinic for homeless individuals, call for hours and location.
(408) 272-6050 
Homefirst Shelter Clinic (Formerly EHC)
Walk-in health care clinic for homeless individuals, call for hours and location.
(408) 510-7543

Mobile Medical Unit
Walk-in health care clinic for homeless individuals, call for location near you.
(408) 690-6180

Mobile Dental Unit
Routine and emergency dental care, call for a location near you.
(408) 568-9446

The NEX Program has been approved by the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors, as permitted by HS code 11364.7

Crane Center
976 Lenzen Avenue
San Jose, CA 95126

Phone: (408) 792-3720
Fax: (408) 792-3720
Last updated: 3/26/2020 10:08 AM