Used needles and other sharps are dangerous to people and pets if not disposed of safely because they can injure people and spread infections that cause serious health conditions. 

The only way sharps can be disposed locally and free is in a sharps container. Sharps containers can be bought at almost all local pharmacies - Nob Hill Pharmacy has the lowest cost sharps containers at $2.99 for a small container and $7.00 for a larger container. 

As of January 1, 2015, any pharmacy in the state may sell an unlimited number of syringes to adults ages 18 and older without a prescription. Adults may also purchase and possess an unlimited number of syringes for personal use without a prescription. Pharmacies are not required to sell syringes without a prescription, and many pharmacies are still learning about this change in law. The California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS is encouraging pharmacies that participate in California’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) to provide nonprescription syringe sale, and many have begun to offer the service. 

To find locations near you click below, 

Nearby Syringe Exchanges

Although San Benito County does not currently have a syringe exchange program there are several locations in the surrounding counties, see below.

Santa Cruz County 

1060 Emeline Ave.
Room 105
Santa Cruz, CA. 95060
Hours of Operation:


Mondays: 8am - 12pm
Tuesdays: 5pm - 7pm
Fridays: 8am - 11:30am
Please use north entrance of Building F  


1430 Freedom Blvd.
Suite D
Watsonville, CA. 95076
Hours of Operation:


3:45pm - 4:45pm
10:30am - 11:30am
10:30am - 11:30am and 3:45pm - 4:45pm
3:45pm - 4:45pm

Please use Crestview Dr. side entrance of building D and ring the door bell 

Santa Clara County 

(408) 792-5529

One-for-One syringe exchange (new needles in exchange for used needles)
HIV and Hepatitis C Testing at most Needle Exchange sites
Substance use and detox referrals
Mental health referrals
Safer sex supplies
Hygiene kits 


1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Knox Avenue site: Story Road & Knox Avenue (one block west from King Road) in San Jose




1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2nd Street & 280 site: Under the 280 overpass in San Jose (between South 1st street & South 2nd Street)


5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Crane Center site: 976 Lenzen Avenue, San Jose (southwest side of building)




8:30 am – 10:00 am
Valley Health Center (VHC) @ Alexian site: 2101 Alexian Drive, San Jose (parking lot behind medical site)


10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Valley Health Center (VHC) @ Sunnyvale site: 660 South Fair Oaks Avenue, Sunnyvale (Parking lot behind medical center)




9:00 am – 10:00 am
San Martin site: 90 Highland Ave, San Martin


10:15am – 11:15am
VHC @ Gilroy site: 7475 Camino Arroyo, Gilroy


1:30pm – 3:00pm
Little Orchard site: Little Orchard St in San Jose (midway between Curtner & San Jose Ave)

(831) 637-5367

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