SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

The 2018 Syringe Exchange Annual Report has been released!

The 25-page report outlines trends in number and demographics of participants and the impact of the program on HIV infection. The Report also includes an assessment of the cost-effectiveness of the program, the strengths and weaknesses of the program, the advisability of its continuation, and ways to improve the SEP.

The Hawai'i Health & Harm Reduction Center exchanges sterile needles for used ones for people who use needles to inject drugs, steroids, hormones, or other substances.

 

We are strictly a one-for-one exchange. If you do not have any syringes to exchange, in Hawai'i it is legal to purchase syringes at pharmacies without a prescription. Please contact us if you have any questions.

 

Syringe exchange is available on four Hawaiian Islands. Please call the following numbers for times and locations to exchange.

 

Oahu: (808) 521-2437     Maui: (808) 264-1982     Kauai: (808) 651-7213     Hilo: (808) 895-1719     Kona: (808) 756-0999

SEE A NEEDLE?

SeeANeedle.com is a resource for parents, teachers, community members, and anyone else who needs to teach children what to do if they find a used hypodermic needle.

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HOW TO PROPERLY DISPOSE OF A SYRINGE

​There are serious safety concerns when disposing of used syringes, needles, sharps and other bio-hazardous materials, specifically in regards to our garbage collectors and landfill workers. If proper care is not taken, needles can puncture the trash bags and cause injury and potentially spread infectious diseases like hepatitis. According to the State Department of Health (2000), the types of home health care waste items may include: needles and syringes; lancets; cookers; tourniquets; other sharp objects.  Please watch the videos below to learn how to correctly dispose of and pick up used syringes.

6 STEPS TO DISPOSE OF USED NEEDLES AND SYRINGES SAFELY AT HOME

 

1. Place needles, syringes, lancets, and any other contaminated tools inside any strong, leak proof plastic container that has a small opening (so that no one else is able to stick their hand into it).

 

2. Clearly mark the container “BIOHAZARD.”

 

3. Needles and other contaminated sharps are NOT recyclable. Please keep them separate from other recyclables.

 

4. Do not recap, bend or break the needles prior to inserting them into the container. Place all parts inside the container.

 

5. Chemically disinfect all materials by pouring a 1 part bleach solution and 10 parts water into the container. Soak for 20 minutes then pour liquid down the drain and recap. Seal with heavy duty tape.

 

6. Be sure to keep all contaminated containers away from children and pets and place with other household solid waste.

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TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE 2020
November 20, 2020 | 6:00 to 8:00pm | Live via Zoom
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.  Please join us via Zoom as we honor those lives lost around the world as well as here in Hawai'i. 
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NOTICE: HHHRC COVID-19 SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS

Address: 677 Ala Moana Blvd. Suite 226  Honolulu, HI  96813

Email: info@hhhrc.org     Tel:  (808) 521-2437

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