Clark County Public Health’s Harm Reduction Program uses a range of services to expand the knowledge, skills, and resources that support individuals, families and communities to be safer and healthier.
Harm Reduction Center Syringe Services
Harm Reduction Center Syringe Services
1010 Grand Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98661
360.750.8610 (during open hours)
564.397.8082 (for information)
Hours of Operation:
The Harm Reduction Center will be open 1pm-4pm on those dates highlighted in green on the calendar below:
Information for HRC visitors
- There is no parking at the building.
- Please do not park at any of the local businesses.
- Face masks are optional at this time.
- Enter at the back of the building.
- Plan for services to take extra time. We are serving one person at a time inside the building.
- Anonymous syringe exchange and safe syringe disposal
- Overdose prevention education and naloxone kit distribution
- Confidential HIV, hepatitis C and syphilis testing
- Safer-sex supplies
- Hygiene supplies
- Resources and referrals to community agencies providing medication-assisted recovery/treatment (MAR/T), PrEP (HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), insurance navigation
C-Tran routes close to HRC
#6 - Fruit Valley (stop Grand & McLoughlin)
#30 – Burton (stop Grand & McLoughlin)
#32 – Evergreen/Andresen (stop Evergreen & Grand)
#37 – Mill Plain/Fisher’s Landing (stop Mill Plain & Grand)
More options for safe sharps disposal
- Find Clark County disposal sites on Clark County Green Neighbors
- Safe Needle Disposal
- Stericycle Medical Waste
- To find a needle disposal program near you, visit the Earth911 website and enter “medical sharps” in the “Find recycling centers for” box and your zip code in the “Near” box
What is harm reduction?
Harm reduction is a series of interventions designed to be practical, effective, safe and cost effective in minimizing negative health, social and legal impacts associated with drug use, drug policies and drug laws.
Harm reduction is grounded in justice and human rights; it focuses on positive change and on working with people without judgment, coercion and discrimination by meeting them where they are in their lives.
Research shows harm reduction activities can:
- Reduce the transmission of blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases, including HIV and Hepatitis C
- Reduce overdose deaths and other early deaths among people who use substances
- Reduce injection substance use in public places, and reduce the number of used needles in public
- Reduce the sharing of syringes and other substance-use equipment
- Reduce crime and increase employment among people who use substances
- Educate about safe substance use practices and reduce the frequency of use
- Educate about safer sex and sexual health and increase condom use
- Support clients by providing linkage to community resources
- Increased success in recovery
Harm reduction resources
- Opioid Overdose Risk Factors (Spanish) (Russian) (Ukrainian) (Chuukese)
- Save a Life: Use Naloxone for a Drug Overdose (Spanish) (Russian) (Ukrainian) (Chuukese)
- Fentanyl & Synthetic Opioids (Spanish) (Russian) (Ukrainian) (Chuukese)
- Xylazine Risks (Spanish) (Russian) (Ukrainian) (Chuukese)
- Kratom Risks (Spanish) (Russian) (Ukrainian) (Chuukese)
- WA Poison Center 1.800.222.1222
- Never Use Alone 1.800.484.3731 (Spanish line: 1.800.928.5330)
- Brave App
- Washington State Health Care Authority: Opioid Overdose Prevention & Directions for Naloxone Use
Naloxone is a lifesaving drug that reverses the effects of opioids for overdose victims – and it’s available in Washington state without a prescription. People in Washington can have naloxone delivered to their home or pick it up at a local pharmacy or community program.
Delivered to your home: In Washington state, individuals can order free naloxone online and have it delivered to their home. Find links to order and more information at stopoverdose.org.
Pharmacy without a prescription: Anyone can obtain naloxone directly from any pharmacy that carries it under the statewide standing order. Individuals can get naloxone directly from a pharmacist without first seeing a provider.
Call ahead to confirm naloxone availability, cost, and insurance coverage. Pharmacies may carry only one form of naloxone (such as intramuscular or intranasal) or may need to order it for you.
Pharmacy with a prescription: Any prescriber can write a prescription for naloxone and any pharmacy can fill that prescription.
Community programs: Free naloxone and naloxone administration training is available at the Harm Reduction Center during syringe services hours. No appointment necessary. Visit the Overdose Prevention and Response webpage to learn more about naloxone training.