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 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. 


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 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,
San Jose



1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2nd Street & 280 site: Under the 280 overpass, 
San Jose 


5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Crane Center, 976 Lenzen Avenue,
San Jose



8:30 am – 10:00 am
Valley Health Center, 2101 Alexian Drive,
San Jose 


10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Valley Health Center, 660 South Fair Oaks Avenue,



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


10:15am – 11:15am
7475 Camino Arroyo,


1:30pm – 3:00pm
Little Orchard St, 
San Jose 

Santa Cruz County

1060 Emeline Ave., Room 105
Santa Cruz, CA. 95060


Hours of Operation:

Mondays           10 am - 1 pm

Tuesdays          5 pm - 7 pm

Wednesday/Thursday          4 pm - 6 pm

Fridays               10 am - 1 pm
Please use north entrance of Building F  


1430 Freedom Blvd., Suite D
Watsonville, CA. 95076


Hours of Operation:

Mondays           3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Tuesdays           10:30 am - 11:30 am

Wednesdays    10:30 am - 11:30 am  

                               3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Thursdays          3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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

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