Syringe Access Services
Aurora Syringe Access Services (ASAS) is for people who inject drugs in the Aurora area, especially along Colfax Ave. We are open Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 - 4 p.m. at It Takes A Village, 1475 Lima St., Aurora, 80010.
The United States is experiencing a serious and growing epidemic of opiate abuse, with deaths from opiates overall, and heroin specifically, increasing two- fold and four-fold respectively since 2000. Similar increases have occurred in Colorado, including Adams and Arapahoe Counties.
Injecting drugs such as opiates can lead to outbreaks of blood-borne infections such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infections, as indicated by the recent outbreaks in rural Indiana and northwest Colorado.
Syringe Access Services is an evidence-based approach that can reduce transmission of these infections by providing people who inject drugs with sterile injection equipment and safe disposal of needles. ASAS can also facilitate referrals to substance abuse treatment and prevent opiate overdose by providing Naloxone, an anti-overdose medication.
Please contact 303-363-3077 or email@example.com with any questions.
- Syringe Access Services enrollment and education about legal rights
- Provide sterile needles/syringes and harm reduction materials (syringe containers, cotton cooker, sterile water, tourniquet, etc.) along with harm reduction education
- Syringe Disposal at SAS sites and during street outreach
- Referrals to health care, health care access programs and community resources
- On-site vein/wound care, wound care education and wound care kits
- Overdose prevention education and Naloxone kit distribution
- Mental and behavioral health navigation and referrals
- Exemption card that protects participants from criminal charges related to syringe paraphenalia laws
- Safer sex supplies and education
- HIV and Hepatitis C testing and counseling
- TCHD offers Linkage to Care coordination services for those diagnosed with HIV or AIDS. Call 303-363-3018 X 6 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- TCHD HIV prevention program clinics offer chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV and Hepatitis C testing for those who qualify based on risk factors. Clinics are walk-in only; we do not schedule any appointments. Call 303-363-3018 X 6 or email@example.com
- For syphilis testing, contact Denver Public Health