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Needle Exchange Program

Authorized by Title 29, Section 7993 of the Delaware Code, the goal of this program is to keep Injected Drug Users (IDUs) as healthy as possible while encouraging substance abuse treatment and enrolling HIV infected clients into medical and case management services. Keeping IDUs free of HIV, Hepatitis C and other blood borne pathogens also protects their wives, husbands, and families, who may not be aware of the drug use of their partners. Registered members of Wilmington's Needle Exchange Program (NEP) are exempt from Delaware's paraphernalia laws for possession of hypodermic needles.

Who is Eligible:

  • An active injected drug user.
  • At least 14 years of age.
  • A resident of the city of Wilmington.

To Exchange Needles You Must:

  • Turn in one used needle for each new needle. (5 used ones for 5 new ones, 10 used ones for 10 new ones, etc.)
  • Bring old/used needles in a plastic container (an empty soda bottle, clear if possible, sharps container or coffee can will work)
  • If you do not have a container, bundle 5 used needles together with a rubber band all facing the same way.

When & Where:

  • The service is provided on a mobile van at sites throughout Wilmington.
  • New sites will be added throughout the first 6 months of 2007.
  • It is best to call or access the website for information and to find the service site closest to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Information:

Phone: (302) 655-9880, extension 22

Website: Brandywine Counseling

Mail:   Brandywine Counseling Inc
            2713 Lancaster Avenue
            Wilmington, Delaware 19805