Harm Reduction Syringe Services Program

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: 
For January, The Harm Reduction Center will be open 1pm-4pm on those dates highlighted in green on the calendar below:

*Harm Reduction Center will be closed on Friday, January 20th​*

HRC Calendar 1

Closed January 2nd, 13th, 16th, 20th, & 27th

HRC Calendar 1

Closed February 3rd, 10th, 17th, & 20th

Guidelines during COVID-19

  • There is no parking at the building.
  • Please do not park at any of the local businesses.
  • Wear a mask or face covering if you have one.
  • Keep a minimum of  6 feet away from other people at all times.
  • 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.

Services offered

  • Anonymous one-to-one syringe exchange and safe syringe disposal
  • Overdose prevention education and naloxone kit distribution
  • Hepatitis C testing Coming Soon - confidential (finger stick, rapid test, results in 20 minutes)
  • HIV testing Coming Soon- confidential (finger stick, rapid test, results while you wait)
  • Safer-sex supplies
  • hygiene supplies
  • Resources and referrals to community agencies (medication-assisted recovery/treatment (MAR/T), PrEP (HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), insurance navigation

Best C-Tran route 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)

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

For more information about syringe services programs go to the CDC website: CDC Syringe Services Programs

Safe disposal of sharps

Naloxone

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.