2 March Orange County Needle Exchange Program Makes an Impactful Debut March 2, 2016By CMA Foundation General OCNEP, CMAF, Medical Student Community Leadership Grant, Needle Exchange 0 The Orange County Needle Exchange Program (OCNEP) opened for the first time on Saturday, February 20th after obtaining state certification as an authorized syringe exchange program. OCNEP is a two-time Medical Student Community Leadership Grant recipient, created after a group of student from UC Irvine realized that Orange County was the most populous county in California without a needle exchange. The purpose of this 501(c)3 non-profit is to prevent disease and improve public health and safety by disposing of dirty needles, providing on-site HIV and Hepatitis C testing, and providing referrals to health, housing and treatment facilities. During their first day of operations OCNEP collected and disposed of 820 used needles! OCNEP currently operates a mobile clinic in Santa Ana on Saturdays from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, and hope to expand to other underserved areas in Orange County. For more information on OCNEP visit: www.ocnep.org For more information on the Medical Student Community Leadership Grant program visit: http://www.thecmafoundation.org/Programs/Medical-Student-Grant-Program Comments are closed.