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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  • Deliveries
  • Hepatitis testing 
  • HIV testing 
  • Overdose prevention 
  • Medical insurance enrollment 
  • Care coordination 
  • Treatment resources 
  • Community pick-up 
  • After-hours

 

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