If you inject drugs, we help you stay safe. Our service is free, easy, private and hassle-free.
If you don't know us yet, here are some important things to know about who we are and how we work.
Here's how our service works. It's a quick and simple process. To begin, all you have to do is visit one of our locations. Find the nearest location here.
Come see us. You can choose any location. Check hours first to see when it's open. You don't need to call ahead. You won't need money or an ID.
Meet privately with a service navigator to discuss your needs. On your first visit, he or she will ask a few questions to understand you better.
Receive what you need, including sterile work and other supplies. You can also get naloxone, and would and vein care from our expert staff
Get help to find other services, if you want them - like food, shelter, or medical care. We can connect you with good providers.
That's it! It's that simple. You can come as often as you need to. It's always free - there's never any charge.
We have one office location, and four mobile van locations. You don't need to call ahead, but do check hours first. We are open only at certain times.
5913 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Open every Sunday
Find white van at intersection of N. Charles St. and Perrysville Ave.
Open every Tuesday
Find white van at intersection of Bentley Dr. and Kirkpatrick St.
Open every Wednesday
Carrick / Overbrook
Find white van in parking lot behind Fairhaven United Methodist Church
2415 Saw Mill Run Blvd
Open every Thursday
Find white van in parking lot of House of Manna
Open every Friday
We provide as assortment of supplies to help you inject more safely. All supplies are free of charge. We encourage you to take as much as you need.
Sterile Syringes in different sizes to fit your needs
Ties to help you bring veins to the surface
Bleach to clean off surfaces and clean syringes in case of emergency reuse
Alcohol Wipes to clean your injection site and help prevent infection
Cookers to safely heat and liquefy drugs for injection
Sterifilt filters for screening out harmful particles from drugs when injecting
Sterile Water to dissolve drugs and prevent injecting bacteria from unsafe water sources
Saline to dissolve drugs
Dental Cottons for screening out harmful particles from drugs when injecting
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) to breakdown crack or black tar heroin to a liquid for injecting
Sharps containers to safely dispose of used syringes
Fentanyl Test Strips to see if your drugs contain fentanyl
Here are eight things we've learned about injecting drugs that can help you avoid overdose, infections, and disease.
Don't inject alone
Choose a location where others can find you if you overdose. Even better, inject where people can use naloxone to save you from an overdose.
Don't count on others to have naloxone - always have your own. When you inject, keep you naloxone in plain sight in case you OD, so that others can use it to save.
Use clean stuff
Use a brand new needle, cotton, cooker and clean water every time you inject. Keep your stuff separate from other people's, so you can be sure.
Clean your skin
Before injecting, wash your hands and clean the injection site with soap and water. If you can't use soap and water, wipe aware dirt and germs with alcohol wipes
Prepare a test shot
Just inject part of the bag to see what you've got. If it turns out to be OK, you can always inject more later.
Pick a safe injection site
Avoid injecting into legs, feet, groin, neck, or places where veins come together. You're more likely to damage the vein, hit an artery or nerve, or start an infection.
Filter your shot
Always use a clean dental cotton or Steri-Filt filter to draw up the shot. This helps keep dangerous particles from getting in your bloodstream.
When you're ready to inject. slow yourself down, think it through, and keep your hand steady. If you miss the vein, you're more likely to get an abscess.
This video will show you how to tell if someone has overdosed, and how to give them an injection of naloxone to save their life.
Prevention Point Pittsburgh (PPP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing health empowerment services to injection drug users. PPP is deeply rooted in a concern for the well being of not only our clients, but the general health of the entire community.
Prevention Point Pittsburgh was founded in 1995 when James Crow and Caroline Acker, along with a handful of dedicated volunteers, began providing needle exchange services once a week on a Hill District street corner to precent the spread of injection-related blood-borne disease.
In April 2002, PPP established a county-authorized needle exchange site in East Liberty. Since that time, over 5,000 injection drug users have enrolled into our program for critical prevention services.
In addition to needle exchange services, PPP has grown to include comprehensive case management services, assistance to drug treatment, individual risk-reduction counseling, health education, condom and bleach distribution, overdose prevention with Narcan prescription, and free HIV, Hepatitis C, and STF screening in collaboration with Allies for Health + Wellbeing, formerly the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force.
PPP's services are authorized by the Allegheny County Board of Health and the Allegheny County Council (Ordinance #3671-08).
We could not do the important work of providing essential harm and risk reduction services without the generosity of people like you. Your contribution allows us to continue working to reduce the rates of Hepatitis C, HIV, and overdose fatalities in our region.
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