Syringe Service

We provide anonymous harm reduction services at the CHCV, 270 Congress Avenue, and from a minivan. We can deliver services to your doorstep. 

Call or text 203-823-0743 (Rolo Jr.).

Services

Supplies

Syringes, needles, cotton, cookers, bands, band-aids, lip savers, condoms.
We collect used equipment.

Home Delivery

We deliver supplies in an unmarked vehicle

Overdose prevention

Naloxone (Narcan), fentanyl test strips, linkage to addiction treatment

HIV Prevention

Sterile equipment, PrEP, syringe prescription, ART prescription, case managment

Wound Care

Abscess and wound care, prevention education

Screenings

Get tested for HIV, HCV, STIs. We can monitor glucose levels and diabetes

Linkage to care

Linkage to primary care, addiction treatment, behavioral health, and social services

Education

Safe sex education, safe injection training, overdose prevention

Schedule

Mondays: Grand Ave & Loyd St. 6:30am – 12pm

Tuesdays: Daggett St. & Congress Ave. 6:30am – 10am | Temple St. and Chapel St. 10am – 12pm

Wednesdays: Grand Ave. & Lloyd St. 6:30am – 11am | Ferry St. & Grand Ave. 11am – 12pm

Thursdays: Daggett St. & Congress Ave 6:30am – 10am | Temple St. and Chapel St. 10am – 12pm

Fridays: Ferry St. & Grand Ave 6:30am – 11am | Grand Ave & Lloyd St. 11am – 12pm

 

FAQs

Can I get syringes if I don’t have any to return?

Yes. We do not require a 1-to-1 exchange. You will receive the amount of supplies you need. However, we do encourage our clients to return used syringes and needles for safe disposal. We also provide disposal boxes and bags to individuals. 

What is naloxone (Narcan)?

Naloxone (Narcan) is a drug that is given to an individual to reverse an opioid overdose. Oxycodone, heroin, fentanyl, morphine, vicodin, codeine, and methadone are examples of opioids.  Naloxone can be given as a nasal spray or as an injection into the thigh, buttocks, or arm muscle. If you are with someone who is overdosing and you have naloxone, follow the steps below. You are protected under Good Samaritan Laws and will not be arrested for drug possession.  

1. Call 911

2. Put the person on their back and clear their mouth and throat

3. Tilt the person’s head back and pinch nose closed

4. Place your mouth over the person’s mouth and give 2 slow breaths (the chest should rise)

5. Give the person naloxone (nasal spray or injection)

6. Continue breathing for the individual by giving a breath every 5 seconds 

7. If the person does not respond by waking up in 2-3 minutes, give another dose of naloxone 

8. Monitor the individual, continue breathing for the individual, and wait for help to arrive

What information do I need to give to receive equipment and care?

We will ask for your date of birth, first two initials of your first name, and first two initials of your last name. We will also ask questions about your sex, gender, race, ethnicity, and drug use. All questions are optional. All information is confidential.

How can I protect myself against an overdose?

There are several ways to help protect yourself from an overdose: 

1. Come talk to us about addiction treatment. We provide buprenorphine (Suboxone), an effective medication that can treat opioid abuse and reduces the risk of overdose

2. Never use drugs alone and make sure someone has naloxone ready to give in case of an overdose

3. Check each bag of drugs for fentanyl. We recommend that drugs with fentanyl be thrown out. If fentanyl is used, a much smaller dose should be used. 

4. Tolerance to a drug decreases when a drug is not used. If you have not used drugs for a while, your tolerance will be lower. Use a much smaller dose than you were using before. 

Why should needles be used only once?

The tip of the needle gets dull and ragged after the first use. Using a needle that is not brand new increases risk for infection and wounds. 

What is harm reduction?

Harm reduction is care that aims to reduce the risk of drug use and other activities. Our program promises to provide non-judgmental, free, supportive care to all individuals who come to us. We work to provide clean equipment, HIV prevention, injection and safe sex education to reduce the health risk associated with drug use.  

What is fentanyl? 

Fentanyl is a powerful opioid that is often mixed with heroin and other opioids bought on the street. Using fentanyl has a high risk of death. We provide test strips to check if drugs contain fentanyl. We recommend that drugs are always checked for fentanyl before using. If the drug has fentanyl, we recommend that the drug is not used. If using fentanyl, a much smaller dose should be used. Always tell someone who can monitor you and who has naloxone. To prevent fatal overdose, we recommend that drugs are never consumed alone. Try to not get high at the same time – take turns!

How do you use the fentanyl test strip?

Steps:

1. Add sterile water to your empty baggie or the cooker you just prepared – mix well!

2. Draw up your shot and test the RESIDUE in your cooker

3. Dip the test strip in the water, don’t go past the line

4. Hold the strip there for 15 seconds

5. Place test strip on clean surface or across the top of the cooker

6. Read the Results: 

Positive= One line (Drug has fentanyl)

Negative= Two lines

How do I protect myself from HIV?

Here are some ways to protect yourself:

1. Always use a clean equipment. Do not share needles, syringes, cotton, cookers, spoons, etc. 

2. Use condoms

3. Come get a prescription of PrEP. PrEP is a medication you take once a day that will prevent HIV infection. 

What is the safest method to inject?

This video provides a demonstration of a sterile injection. 

The New Haven Syringe Service Program provides syringes (needles), cookers, cotton filters, alcohol wipes, band-aids, tourniquets (bands),  and disposal boxes. The program also provides naloxone (Narcan) and fentanyl test strips to prevent overdoses. Personal are available to provide sterile injection technique training with mannequins. We prescribe syringes and do not require syringes for exchange. Call Rolo Jr. 203-823-0743 for more information and home delivery.