Syringe Access Program


COVID-19 Update:

Due to the current pandemic, we have had to modify our services to protect the safety of our staff and participants. Click here to learn more.

Syringe Exchange and Disposal

Contact: John C. Rivera Ext. 1025

Access to and disposal of sterile syringes was the first service provided by SACHR when we opened nearly 30 years ago. The goal of our Syringe Access Program (SAP) is to provide clean needles at no cost for injecting drug users. When SACHR opened its doors in 1990, there was a 60% HIV incidence rate among the city’s 250,000 people who injected drugs. As a result of this and other similar program efforts, the HIV incidence rate in New York City has dropped to under 3% among people who inject drugs. We believe that by implementing proven harm reduction strategies, there may eventually be zero new HIV infections through Injection Drug Use. We still continue to fight to lower the amount of overdoses, Hepatitis C  and HIV infections, and stigma that the people we serve face every day.

Syringe Access

We offer free sterile syringes, access to syringe disposal, sterile injection equipment, and safer sex supplies available at our 886 Westchester Avenue location:

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Photo credit: Kaytee Riek

Outreach Sites

We can be found at 139th St. and St. Ann’s Ave (where we have been doing outreach since 1990). Our schedule is as follows: 

139th St. and St. Ann’s Ave

  • Tues: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at 139th
  • Fri: 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm at 139th 

148th St. and Bergen Ave

  • Fri: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm


Hours of Operation

 Monday: 9 am - 8 pm

Tuesday: 9 am - 8 pm

Wednesday: 12 pm - 8 pm

Thursday: 9 am - 8 pm

Friday: 9 am - 8 pm

Saturday: 5 pm - 11 pm

Sunday: 9 am - 2 pm

For our complete schedule, please click here.

Sterile syringes given out in 2020

Total sterile syringes given out since our founding in 1990