Diseases like HIV or hepatitis C can be spread when people who use injection drugs share needles or other equipment. At our weekly clinics, we provide new, sterile syringes and equipment to people who use injection drugs and provide connections to substance use treatment, disease testing, vaccines, and other social services.
Established in 1999, Whatcom County’s Syringe Service Program is operated by public health nurses at our 1500 North State Street location and provides on-site STD, hepatitis C, and HIV testing. Our nurses work with volunteers and staff from local treatment agencies to meet individuals where they are, providing access to counseling, testing, medical care, and referrals to substance use treatment or housing services.
The Whatcom County Health Department offers the confidential exchange of new, sterile syringes and clean injection equipment in exchange for contaminated syringes.
We are currently providing syringe services two afternoons per week in the parking lot of our 1500 North State Street location due to pandemic-related building closures. Syringe services are available on:
If you know someone who is injecting drugs, your support can help them stay safe and recover from addiction.
For People Who Use Drugs
About Syringe Services Programs
About Risks & Prevention of Injection Drug Use