Diseases like HIV or hepatitis C can be spread when people who use injection drugs share needles or other equipment. At our syringe clinics we provide new, sterile needles and equipment to people who use injection drugs and provide connections to drug treatment, disease testing, vaccines, and other social services.
For International Overdose Awareness Day, the Whatcom County Health Department Harm Reduction Program will host a naloxone (Narcan) education and distribution event on Wednesday, August 31. The event will take place at Lee Memorial Park, the grassy lawn behind the Bellingham Public Library, from 1p.m. to 7p.m.
This event is for Anyone age 18 and up. Attendees may receive a free nasal Narcan kit and education on Narcan administration while supplies last. This even is an opportunity to learn more about how to identify and respond to an overdose, how to use nasal naloxone, Good Samaritan laws and more. Attendees can stop by anytime during the event.
Established in 1999, Whatcom County’s Syringe Service Program is operated by public health nurses at our 1500 North State Street location and provides on-site STD, hepatitis C, and HIV testing. Our nurses work with volunteers and staff from local treatment agencies to meet individuals where they are, providing access to counseling, testing, medical care, and referrals to substance use treatment or housing services.
The Whatcom County Health Department offers the confidential exchange of new, sterile syringes and clean injection equipment in exchange for contaminated syringes.
We provide syringe services clinics every Monday and Thursday (except holidays) at the Whatcom County Health Department State Street location (1500 N State St, Bellingham, WA) from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
We also have a mobile clinic in Maple Falls. This mobile clinic provides syringe services every Monday (except holidays) at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center (8251 Kendall Rd., Maple Falls, WA) from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the parking lot.
Watch a short video that highlights the services provided at Whatcom County Syringe Services Program and how the needle exchange program impacts lives.
Whatcom County Syringe Services Program
Credits: Fredrick Dent Films, June 2017
For People Who Use Drugs
About Syringe Services Programs
About Risks & Prevention of Injection Drug Use