For syringe exchanges and start-ups

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NASEN's services include the Buyers' Club; U.S. Syringe Exchange Directory; Program Support Packages & fiscal sponsorship for small and emerging SEPs; Loan Assistance; Dave Purchase Memorial Syringe Exchange Survey.

For more info on starting a syringe exchange please contact us.
  • Buyers' Club (BC): The Buyers' Club is a purchasing network that uses co-operative buying power to acquire the lowest syringe prices for SEPs 
     
  • Program Support Packages: NASEN is one of the only sources of syringe exchange start-up assistance for new programs with little or no operational history.
     
  • U.S. Syringe Exchange Directory: The purpose of NASEN's U.S. Syringe Exchange Directory is to facilitate communication and networking among SEPs
     
  • Fiscal Sponsorship: Many small and emerging SEPs have not received 501(c)(3) designation. NASEN can act as fiscal sponsor to assist these programs as they apply for funding and solicit donations.
     
  • Loan Assistance:NASEN provides short-term loans or credit with BC when a SEP is waiting for a grant award letter, or when a program struggling with funding so it is not forced to curtail or cease operations.
     
  • Dave Purchase Memorial Syringe Exchange Survey: NASEN collaborates annually with the Beth Israel Medical Center (BIMC) to conduct the most comprehensive national survey of SEPs.
     

FAQ’s, best practices, and catalog info

FAQ's for CA syringe exchanges

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What is the Clearinghouse?
The California Syringe Exchange Supply Clearinghouse was established in 2016, following the passage of a bill that authorized funding for the establishment of a Clearinghouse to help California SEPs enhance the health and wellness of people who inject drugs. The Clearinghouse aims to increase the organizational stability of California SEPs by ensuring access to a baseline level of supplies for authorized SEPs.
 

Who operates the Clearinghouse?
The Clearinghouse is operated by the North American Syringe Exchange Network (NASEN), in partnership with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Center for Infectious Diseases (CID), Office of AIDS (OA).

NASEN is a Purchase Project, operated by Dave Purchase Project. Dave Purchase Project also operates a syringe exchange program in Pierce County, WA: Tacoma Needle Exchange.

For more information about NASEN, see here [link to NASEN about page, TBA]. For more information about Dave Purchase Project, see here [link to DPP about page, TBA]. For more information about OA’s harm reduction work see here.
 

What supplies are available through the Clearinghouse?
(See Below:)
 

What do I do if I want an item that’s not on the list?
Email katie@nasen.orgor kyle@nasen.orgwith the item and a short description of why that particular item is important to your participants or staff. We compile feedback and review it before each catalog revision.

If you have a separate source of funds, you can also purchase the item through the NASEN Buyers Club by emailing buyersclub@nasen.org. They will send your program a separate invoice.
 

How do I place an order using my Clearinghouse allocation?
If you don’t already have the latest version of the Clearinghouse catalog, email katie@nasen.orgor kyle@nasen.orgfor a copy.

The Clearinghouse allows programs to provide a standing order, which means that you receive the same order at specified intervals, commonly every month. Programs can also order on an as-needed basis.

If you want to submit or adjust a standing order, you must fill out the order form with your product preferences, address, order frequency etc., and email it to katie+orders@nasen.org with the subject line "[Your Program Name] standing order adjustment". To place a supplemental order, please fill out the order form with your order information and email it to katie+orders@nasen.org.

Please put any special instructions in the body of your email.
 

What do programs in California have to do to be eligible for the Clearinghouse?
CDPH has a set of guidelines for programs in the Clearinghouse, available here.
 

I need more information about syringe exchange programs in California.
CDPH has a produced an overview of the project, available here.
 

How can I find an SEP in California?
A map of SEPs in California is available here.
 

Catalog of Supplies

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Please click the link below to download our current catalog(s) of available supplies. 

Helpful Needle Exchange Articles

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The Point is the Point: An article remembering Dave Purchase and his impact - Link to article