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At the People's Harm Reduction Alliance, we work to reduce the spread of disease and help our participants stay alive and as healthy as possible. Our needle exchange program reduces the spread of infectious disease, reduces health care costs for the State of Washington, and helps preserve the dignity of intravenous drug users.
We do not promote drug use. We promote social justice by reminding our participants and the wider community that every single human life is of infinite worth and every death is a tragedy.
PHRA is a community-based, grassroots organization. We believe that harm reduction services are most effective when they are offered with respect and compassion in a democratic context that treats all community members as equals and peers. Active and former drug users are included in all levels of our organization, from the board of directors to volunteers.
The University District Needle Exchange is located at 1415 N.E. 43rd Street, in the alley behind the Post Office, one door down from Allegro, in the rear of the University Temple Methodist Church. Our hours are 5pm to 7pm, Monday though Thursday and 1pm to 5pm, Friday through Sunday.
We exchange used needles for safe, sterile syringes. We also provide clean supplies, vein and wound care kits, condoms, educational materials, and referrals to public services. We provide free Hepitits C testing on the first Thursday of every month. We also have a vein care specialist on site every Thursday and Saturday.
We also provide delivery service on first call, first served basis every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Please call the Univeristy District Needle Exchange at 206-330-5777 to schedule and appointment.
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