SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM
The 2019 Syringe Exchange Annual Report has been released!
Our annual 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
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.