Syringe Services Program

A Proven Practice to Reduce the Spread of HIV and Bloodborne Diseases 

Anonymous & Free

Locations and hours of operation:


Inside the Louisville Metro Public Department of Health & Wellness, 400 E. Gray St. 

LGBTQ Safe Place                                       

Monday 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Friday 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed


"Without this we would be lost or gone." --SEP client


Community Syringe Exchange Sites (Operated by UK Health and KY Harm Reduction Coalition, look for the RV or van)

Redeemer Lutheran Church 3640 River Park Drive (37th and River Park)

Mondays 11-2

Beulah Presbyterian Church 6704 Bardstown Rd

Every Tuesday 

winter hours 3:00-6:00

summer hours starting May 1 3:30-6:30

St. John Center 700 E Muhammad Ali Blvd Tuesdays 9am-12pm
Hazelwood 4696 Hazelwood Ave (just past St. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital) Every Wednesday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Behind the Lake Dreamland Fire Station 4603 Cane Run Rd Every Thursday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Portland Family Health Center Parking Lot 2215 Portland Ave. Every Friday from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Behind the Louisville Metro Southwest Government Center 7219 Dixie Highway Every Saturday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.


"Everyone here treats you with respect and they clearly

understand and genuinely care." -- SEP client

"This is an amazing resource that surely has kept me disease free." --SEP client


What is harm reduction?


What is a syringe exchange program?
  • A public health program for people who use drugs by injection (IDU’s)
  • Goal is to reduce the spread of HIV, Hepatitis C and other blood-borne infections

  • Provides new, sterile syringes and clean injection equipment.

  • Syringes and needles are disposed of safely, reducing the number of discarded syringes on our sidewalks, yards, parks and play grounds.

  • We are now offering Narcan (an opioid overdose reversal drug also known as Naloxone) and Fentanyl Test Strips (used to check for Fentanyl in drugs).

  • Download our brochure.
Why have a syringe exchange program?
  • Preventing HIV infection in people who inject drugs also prevents HIV in pregnant women and newborn children
  • By working with people who inject drugs we can get them into treatment
  • An evidence-based practice to connect IDUs to:
    • Harm reduction counseling
    • Referrals to medical, mental health, and substance use disorder treatment
    • Testing for HIV, Hepatitis, and other infections
    • Education about harms associated with drug use and how to minimize them
    • Safe disposal of used equipment
    • In 194 US cities in 2014 including
      • Nashville
      • Pittsburgh
      • Kansas City, MO
      • Cincinnati
Who are we trying to reach?
  • Intravenous drug users (IDUs)
    • 18-25 year olds are the fastest growing segment of IDUs


Free Anonymous HIV Testing

Learn about medication assisted treatment at our MORE Center.

Read the LMPHW Syringe Exchange Program Guidelines

Read the Participants Rights and Responsibilities

Get a free naloxone kit and training on how to use it.

Treatment Referral

Medical Mental Referral

Naloxone Handout

Patient Bill of Rights

CEU for Healthcare Providers:  Harm Reduction and Syringe Access Program – Louisville’s Experience

Research Brief:  Comparison between needs-based and one-for-one Syringe Exchange Program models

Information and guidance for household sharps disposal in Kentucky can be found at

Links to additional information:

Kentucky Harm Reduction and Syringe Exchange Program Guidelines for Local Health Departments Implementing Needle Exchange Programs

KRS 218A.500

Centers for Disease Control

The Foundation for AIDS Research Fact Sheet

Drug Policy Alliance

The Body

Updated amfAR SSP Coverage Map

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