Services

Exchange Locations

Dave Purchase Project provides services to community members in Pierce County using a harm reduction approach; these services include safe injection supplies, naloxone training and distribution, safer sex supplies, and referrals for medication assisted treatment and other medical services. Our outreach staff attempts to meet people where they are at, and to help them address their needs in the safest and healthiest way possible, free of judgement and stigma.

Our syringe exchange services began in 1988. Our founder, Dave Purchase, decided that he was going to help our community address the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic by providing new injection supplies to drug users, with the understanding that when a person uses a new syringe and injection supplies, they minimize the risks of contracting blood borne viruses associated with drug use. Additionally, Mr. Purchase (Dave?) found that by providing these services to community members, he was able to build a level of trust, which allowed him to engage in deeper conversations with participants about their drug use, sex practices, and other issues.

We continue today to provide services using Dave’s model, asking that our participants do their best to bring their used injection supplies to the exchange sites to receive new ones. Our outreach staff has also developed strong working relationships with service providers throughout the South Puget Sound region, and when we cannot meet the immediate needs of a participant, we are often able to refer them to an appropriate provider.

Deliveries

For same day deliveries please call before 1pm: (253) 381-5229
If you are directed to voicemail please ensure you leave a detailed message including your name a valid call back number

General Services

Syringe pickup and disposal. Naloxone training and distribution. Safer sex materials. Referrals for abstinence-based or medication-assisted treatment. Hepatitis C and HIV testing. Community trainings about harm reduction, safer sex and injection practices, and ways to address the needs of drug users.

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  • Mobile Deliveries and Rural Outreach - Mobile delivery of our services anywhere throughout Pierce County available Monday through Friday by appointment. Call (253) 381-5229 to schedule an appointment before 1pm. 
  • Fixed Outreach Sites - Our outreach team is available in 3 fixed outreach sites throughout Pierce County. Check our calendar for where to find us today for services.
  • HCV & HIV Testing and Education - Our fixed outreach sites offer free and confidential Rapid HCV and HIV testing available at our sites on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • Overdose Prevention and Education - Education, signs to look for, and basic training on how to respond to an opioid overdose as well as how to administer naloxone. All sites (including our mobile delivery provides) distribution of naloxone kits at no charge.
  • Care Coordination - Our care coordinator advocates for participants who may have barriers accessing services and assists participants in learning to navigate social and health services more effectively independently (i.e. SUD treatment, housing, healthcare, etc.) 
  • Treatment Resources - Referrals to evidence-based substance use disorder treatment, such as medication treatment for opioid use disorder. (SUD Assessments are offered every Thursday at our G Street Outreach Location from 10am to 1pm all services are free and confidential.)
  • Community Pick-up and Disposal - Unsure of how to properly dispose of syringes? Please call us to have it properly picked up and disposed of at 253-272-4857
  • Safe Sex - Safe sex supplies such as lubricants, male and female condoms, dental dams, etc.
  • First Aid and Hygiene Supplies - All of our outreach locations offer wound care kits for the treatment of abscesses as well as general hygiene supplies.

Population-specific services

Syringe exchange on a 1 for 1 model. Pickup and disposal of used injection supplies. Naloxone training and distribution. Safer sex materials. Referrals for abstinence-based or medication-assisted treatment. Hepatitis C and HIV testing. First aid and hygiene supplies when available. Education about safer injection practices, overdose awareness, safer sex practices, and drug-user health needs. Care coordination for participants with medical and/or social service needs.

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  • Friends and family
  • Community members
  • Opioid overdose/Naloxone training
  • LGBTQ
  • Sex workers (BadDate reporting)
  • Pregnant