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Syringe Services Program (SSP)

Program Description

Effective April 30, 2013 the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency (HSA) began administering the Syringe Services Program (SSP). The primary goal of the SSP is to work in partnership with the community to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases associated with injection drug use and to address the community's concern regarding improperly discarded syringes.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

In the interest of transparency and full disclosure regarding HSA’s Syringe Exchange Program, the Public Health Department has put together these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Information Resources

Data, Reports & Updates

Exchange Schedule & Sites

1080 Emeline Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA. 95060
Hours of Operation:
Mondays: 8am - 12pm
Tuesdays: 5pm - 7pm
Fridays: 8am - 12pm
Please use north entrance of Building D (see map)


1430 Freedom Blvd.
Suite D
Watsonville, CA. 95076

Hours of Operation:
Mondays
3:45pm - 4:45pm
Tuesdays
10:30am - 11:30am
Wednesdays
10:30am - 11:30am and 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Thursdays
3:45pm - 4:45pm

Please use Crestview Dr. side entrance of building D and ring the door bell
(see map)

Both exchange locations are closed on County holidays.


Public Sharps Disposal Kiosks
disposal kiosks are located in three locations in Santa Cruz County


What to do it you find needles in the community
If you have found syringes in the unincorporated areas of the community, first determine if they are located in a place where they present a threat to public safety. If so, call 911, and the Sheriff’s office will be dispatched. If no threat to public safety, please call the Sheriff’s non-emergency line at 831-471-1121.

If syringes are found on private property, please call Environmental Health at 454-2022 to report the finding and request removal.

Contact information for cities without a specific protocol for pick up is as follows:

City of Capitola

City of Scotts Valley

City of Watsonville

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For information about the SSP Program call
(831) 454-2437