Syringe Exchange and Naloxone Distribution
Syringe Exchange became legal in North Carolina in July of 2016. Olive Branch Ministry runs a mobile syringe exchange program in the following counties in NC: Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln. In Gaston County we also partner with the Phoenix Community Outreach Center (PCOC) to run a fixed-site syringe exchange. Click here for directions to the PCOC. The hours for exchange at PCOC are Monday-Friday, 2pm – 4pm.
Our syringe exchange program provides clean injection supplies, Naloxone (the medication that reverses an opiate overdose), bio-hazard containers (for dirty supplies), Fentanyl testing strips, and referral information for treatment, counseling, and other community resources. Peer Support is also made available with each exchange that takes place. We also offer HIV and HCV testing, when requested. Program participants are given syringe exchange cards that reference the NC General Statutes that allow them to pick up clean supplies and bring back the dirty supplies for proper disposal.
For more information on Naloxone or Fentanyl testing strips, click here.
We are grateful for our community partners that help make syringe exchange and Naloxone distribution possible. It is difficult to find funding for the actual purchase of syringes. We take donations of unused syringes of the follow types: 27 gauge, 28 gauge, 30 gauge, 31 gauge.
Please contact us if you have unused syringes, or other first aid supplies you would like to donate.