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Orange County Needle Exchange Program Makes an Impactful Debut

Orange County Needle Exchange Program Makes an Impactful Debut

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


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