Services

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253-381-5229
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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, 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.

Certified Peer Counselor

Counselors are typically available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 10am to 2pm.

Certified Peer Counselors are people who have experienced mental health challenges and/or substance use challenges in their own lives and are living in recovery, and so model competency in ongoing coping and recovery skills.

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Deliveries

When scheduling a delivery, provide a name, the address you would like to meet at and any special instructions, like where you would like us to park.

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We currently provide delivery services Monday-Friday, by appointment only. 

Schedule a delivery if you are located within the Pierce County city limits by calling the phone number listed below. A community health outreach worker collects your information over the phone and then puts together the supplies you need ahead of time. Your supplies will then be dropped off for you. We will not be able to take any delivery requests after 10am.

For questions or to schedule a no contact delivery, call:

(253) 381-5229

Monday-Friday before 10am

 

To schedule a same day delivery:

call or text (253) 381-5229 by 10am

on the day corresponding to your zip code.

Mon & Fri: Tacoma, Ruston, Fife, UP

Tues: Graham, Parkland, Spanaway

Wed: Gig Harbor/KPN, Lakewood, Eatonville

Thur: Puyallup, Bonney Lake, Buckley

We will do our best to give you an approximate ETA and will confirm with you when we are on our way. Please keep your phone on you and be prepared with your supplies when we arrive.

Our delivery service is in high demand, so we kindly ask those who are able to make it to one of our fixed locations to please do so and reserve deliveries for those who are unable to make it to our sites.

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 10am. 
  • Fixed Outreach Sites - Our outreach team is available in 2 fixed outreach sites throughout Pierce County. Check our calendar for where to find us today for services.
  • (Testing is currently unavailable at our sites due to COVID) HCV & HIV Testing and Education - Our fixed outreach sites offer free and confidential Rapid HCV and HIV testing available at our sites on Tuesdays.
  • 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. Call or text (253) 381-5229 or come to one of fixed locations.
  • 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 253-381-5229
  • 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.

Site Closures Due to Inclement Weather

Our fixed site and delivery closures are based on Tacoma Public Schools closures for inclement weather. If Tacoma Public Schools are closed, we will be closed for services.

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The decision to close schools due to inclement weather or bad road conditions is made by the superintendent as early as possible, usually around 5:30 a.m. (the day of the closure.) The district will announce the decision to close schools in a variety of ways to assist in getting the information quickly and accurately. 

You can may see or hear the announcements on most television and radio news stations including:

  • KOMO Radio (1000 AM)
  • KIRO (97.3 FM)
  • KIRO TV (Ch. 7)
  • KING TV (Ch. 5)
  • KOMO TV (Ch. 4)
  • KCPQ TV (Ch.13)


If you do not hear "Tacoma School District No. 10" listed in the media reports of closures, schools are operating on a normal schedule as is our fixed site and deliveries.