Syringe Exchange Program
The Syringe Exchange Program is a harm-reduction service that encourages injection drug users to dispose of used hypodermic needles in a safe manner. This reduces the transmission of blood borne pathogens and the number of needles discarded in the community.
Both syringe service sites (Hartford and Windham) now offer Naloxone and overdose response education. Please call or visit one of our sites (phone numbers and schedules below) to learn more about this program.
Hartford Syringe Exchange Program
In Hartford, SEP services are provided from a mobile van that operates in Hartford's South and North end neighborhoods five days per week. Services are offered during morning and afternoon hours. In addition to syringe exchange, the SEP provides HIV testing, risk reduction counseling, harm reduction education, drug treatment advocacy and safer sex kits. SEP staff also refer clients to drug treatment programs, medical providers and social service agencies. The Hartford SEP provides services to approximately 500 injection drug users each year and is responsible for removing more than 100,000 used needles from the streets of Hartford and its surrounding towns.
Monday - Friday
- 7:15 AM - 9:50 AM (Park & Hungerford St.)
- 11:00 AM - 12:50 PM (Albany Ave. & Bedford St. by CHS)
- 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM (Park & Hungerford St.)
You may contact the Hartford SEP for drug treatment referrals and more at 860-922-3173.
Windham Syringe Exchange Program
In Windham, SEP services are provided inside of the Windham Region No Freeze Shelter at 75 Bridge Street, Willimantic three days per week. Services are offered during the afternoon/early evening. In addition to syringe exchange, the SEP provides risk reduction counseling, harm reduction education, drug treatment advocacy and safer sex kits. SEP staff also refer clients to drug treatment programs, medical providers and social service agencies. Services opened in Windham on November 3, 2014.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
- 3:00 PM – 5:45 PM (75 Bridge Street, Willimantic)
You may contact the Windham SEP for drug treatment referrals and more at 860-380-0597.
ACT’s SEPs will be closed on the following days:
Thursday, January 1
Monday, January 19
Monday, February 16
Friday, April 3
Monday, May 25
Friday, July 3
Monday, September 7
Monday, October 12
Wednesday, November 11
Thursday, November 26
Friday, November 27
Friday, December 25
If the State of Connecticut is delayed or closed, the SEP will not be open that day. You can check for delays and closures at: http://www.ct.gov/demhs/cwp/view.asp?a=1934&Q=287788