AAC Needle Exchange
The Cambridge Needle Exchange Program (NEP) doesn’t just exchange clean needles: our mission is to encourage any positive change. The NEP offers a variety of services to injection drug users, including anonymous HIV counseling and testing, educational groups, an Overdose Prevention and Reversal Program including Narcan distribution, linkages to drug treatment programs, primary and mental health care and other support services. The NEP operates a drop-in center for members of the program where we serve coffee and small meals and provide a safe, comfortable space for people to relax. All NEP services are based in the harm reduction philosophy which encourages personal responsibility in a non-judgmental manner. Approximately 80 people come through our doors each week to exchange syringes and access services.