Needle Exchange Emergency Distribution

Based in Berkeley, California, NEED is unique among needle exchange programs because we are a volunteer-based collective. We started in September 1990 by a group of HIV+ persons, people in recovery, and health activists as an underground program operating out of a baby carriage on the corner of Hearst and San Pablo Avenues in Berkeley. Currently, we operate from a black van with our logo and title written on the side at three neighborhoods sites each week. We offer free, anonymous services in a client-centered manner, and we are dedicated to the prevention of infectious diseases and to improving the physical, spiritual, and political health of drug users. We also offer overdose prevention began an overdose prevention and education component to address the rising number of overdoses among injection drug users. Across the street from our Sunday site, the Berkeley Free Clinic provides free, anonymous hepatitis testing and vaccination. We provide information and referrals for medical, housing, social support and treatment programs.

  • Community Trainings/Education
  • Fentanyl Test Strips/Education
  • Hepatitis testing/Education
  • MAT Education/Referrals
  • Naloxone Distribution/Overdose Ed.
  • Syringe Services
  • Wound Care Services

2339 DurantAve
Berkeley, CA 94704 US


Tuesdays: 4pm to 6pm

Located at: The Long Haul Infoshop 3124 Shattuck Ave @ Woolsey Street (2 Blocks East of Ashby BART Station)

Thursdays: 6pm to 8pm

Located near: 1835 San Pablo Ave. (San Pablo @ Hearst; 1 Block North of University Ave)

Sundays: 6pm to 8pm

Located at: 2328 Durant Ave @ Dana (1 Block West of Telegraph) across the street from The Berkeley Free Clinic

(510) 463-1843
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