Monterey County Syringe Exchange Program

Published on . Last modified on February 16, 2017

Syringe exchange is a public health intervention which is proven to reduce the transmission of blood-borne pathogens in the community, including HIV and Hepatitis C. It works by providing people who cannot or will not stop injecting illegal drugs with new syringes, and a place to safely dispose of used syringes. There are approximately 200 syringe exchange programs operating in 38 states.

California Health and Safety Code Section 11364.7 (a) guarantees freedom from criminal prosecution for public entities and their agents or employees who distribute syringes or syringes during a lawfully authorized syringe exchange project/program.

NEW!  As of January 4, 2017, Access Support Network (ASN) is authorized by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors to provide syringe exchange services to Monterey County residents ages 18 years and older.  Please see below for their current exchange hours.  For more information about ASN’s services, please call 831-975-5016.

Monterey County Syringe Exchange Schedule

Chinatown Health Service Center, 115 E. Lake St., Salinas, CA

Monday through Friday, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm



 Nonprescription Syringe Sale: Information for Pharmacists  

 Beginning January 1, 2015, new legislation removes prior limits on the number of syringes pharmacies may sell without a prescription. Many pharmacists are unaware of the current law that allows pharmacies to sell syringes without a prescription, or are unclear on what the law allows and requires.

 For more information, review the Office of AIDS Pharmacist Fact Sheet released December 2014.

 Additional materials and resources are available on the Office of AIDS syringe access website.

 If you have questions please contact Amanda Mihalko, HIV/AIDS Programs Coordinator at or 831-755-4626.

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