Harm Reduction Needle Exchange Program

About Our Needle Exchange Program

  • Free & Confidential syringe exchange site
  • Distribution of new syringes & works
  • Disposal site of used syringes & works
  • Narcan distribution and overdose prevention education
  • Education for harm reduction practices and blood borne pathogens
  • Navigation services for Medication Assisted Treatment


  • Educate participants how potential harm associated with injection substance use and other related activities can be reduced. This includes:
    • Transmission of blood borne infections such as hepatitis C and HIV;
    • Physical injury such as abscesses and damage to veins; and,
    • Other diseases such as endocarditis and septicemia.
  • Facilitate access to other health-related services including traditional preventive and primary medical care, as well as alternative healthcare resources.
  • Act to navigate and refer participants to additional substance use treatment programs when requested.
  • Help to link participants to behavioral health care and social services such as housing, counseling services, benefit programs, and other supportive services.
  • Support participants within the parameters of providing professional services.


  • Syringe services (including syringe exchange) & related harm reduction services.
  • Overdose prevention training.
  • Naloxone distribution.
  • Auricular detoxification treatment.
  • Complementary medicine interventions using a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and community traditional healers.
  • Home delivery syringe services and overdose prevention training (in some areas).
  • Community health and social service referrals.
  • Primary medical care referrals and direct service (in some areas).
  • Buprenorphine opiate substitution therapy referrals (in some areas).
  • Training for law enforcement regarding the New Mexico Harm Reduction Act, including the public health benefits of syringe services, overdose prevention education, and harm reduction programs.
  • Assistance in food support, substance use treatment, medical services, clothing, and housing.
  • Provides syringes to people who use insulin if they cannot otherwise afford or obtain them.

Who We Serve

  • Individuals injecting substances
  • Commercial sex workers
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Individuals who have been incarcerated
  • Individuals using crack-cocaine, methamphetamine, or other substances

Exchange Hours

Exchange Hours at  1320 S. Solano Drive:

Monday-Friday 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Exchange Hours for Outreach Sites:

Mender Park, Anapra NM-Every other Thursday, from 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Contact Information

Contact Information:

 Annabelle Fierro

Program Director

(575) 556-1658



Alexis Villa

Harm Reduction and Substance Abuse Services Coordinator, CADS

(575) 556-1629



Javier Garcia

HIV/STI Services Coordinator, CADS

(575) 556-1615