Syringe Exchange

At Mainline, we serve a growing number of people who inject drugs, their friends, and their families by providing clean supplies, safe disposal, treatment referrals, and community referrals in a safe, nonjudgmental setting. Beginning in January of 2015 we began a partnership with Valhalla and are able to provide Naloxone, a life-saving opiate overdose reversal agent, during our Friday shifts from 11am-1pm. We also provide referrals for testing and linkage to care for HIV and Hep C. Referrals for other resources for chemical dependency and social services are also available as needed.

Mainline services include:

  • Syringe exchange and disposal
  • Condoms and safer sex and injection supplies to reduce risk
  • HIV and HCV counseling, testing and referrals
  • Linkage to HIV and HCV medical care and services
  • HIV and HCV risk reduction education and assessments
  • Referrals for substance abuse treatment, support groups and basic needs
  • Naloxone (Narcan) kits and training*

Exchange Hours

  • Monday - Thursday: 11am-1pm, 3pm-4:30pm
  • Friday: 11am-1pm

Naloxone Distribution

  • Friday: 11am-1pm *Hours subject to expansion/ change

All exchanges inside the Minnesota AIDS Project building.

*Please note, if you are planning to receive Naloxone, please allow for 15-25 minutes for the intake and training process.


Contact Mainline

Do you have questions related to injecting drugs, syringe exchange, or HIV testing? If so, contact:

The Mainline program at 612–889–6396.

The Minnesota AIDS Project's syringe exchange program collects used syringes from clients enrolled in the program and stores them in industry approved bio–hazard containers until they are collected by an authorized sharps disposal company.


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