Cincinnati’s syringe exchange program is now run by the Hamilton County Public Health Department and is known as “The Exchange” and the “Bloodborne Infectious Disease Prevention Program.”
Visit THE EXCHANGE page of the Hamilton Co. Public Health website for hours and locations of operation.
You may e-mail The Exchange at ExchangeProject@hamilton-co.org or give them a call at 513-316-7725.
For more information on the Bloodborne Infectious Disease Prevention Program, you may also visit The Exchange Project on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hc.xchange and follow them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/hc_xchange.
Dear CEP participants,
As some of you know I took a leave of absence in November for health reasons. Recovery is going very well and I thank so many of you for the kind wishes. I just wanted to take a moment to post to let you know I will not be returning back to the exchange after 1/2/18.
Because I will not be able to say my goodbyes in person, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to the many people that have enriched my life. It has been such a wonderful privilege to get to be a trusted part of so many people’s lives. You will all be missed and I wish nothing but the best for you.
Happy New Year!
I want you all to know how proud I am of each and every one of you, and how blessed I am to have gotten to know and to serve you.
Each and everyone of you — whether you’re a participant in our program or just an ally — I want you to know, that, though Billy and I won’t be with the program anymore, that we will never stop advocating for your right to a healthier, fuller life (no matter what you choose to do with it).
From the bottom of my heart, if nothing else, I need you to always remember — you matter. (You matter, you matter — don’t ever believe otherwise.)
For anyone that may be new to the program, that has never come to the visit us before — or, to anyone that may be nervous to visit the new Harm Reduction Program — please do not let these changes shake your confidence.
This program change will not be without difficulty, but I want you to know that the City of Cincinnati and the Hamilton County Public Health department care about you — they may suffer a growing pain or two, but I believe in the work they’re trying to do.
In short, do not stop going to the exchange — you’re health and well-being is too important to not to.
Thank you again, everyone.
Stay warm and have a Happy New Year!
Sam A. McCormick
You can check out the new program’s Facebook page @hc.xchange, or give them a call — 513-946-7676. You can also contact the new Harm Reduction Program Manager — Laura McCreadie, firstname.lastname@example.org or 513 946 7847.