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There are many places in Rhode Island where you can get new syringes, get naloxone, and get tested for HIV and hepatitis C. There are also clinics you can go if you don’t have insurance. You can find information about where these places are and how you can contact them on this page.

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You can get supplies to use drugs safer

In Rhode Island, there are many places where you can get sterile needles, cookers, and cottons. You can also get naloxone, a medicine that can reverse an overdose, and fentanyl test strips, which you can use to see if your drugs have been mixed with fentanyl. You can buy naloxone and new needles at pharmacies all around Rhode Island. You can also go to a syringe exchange to get these supplies for free.

You can stop by ACOS located at 557 Broad Street from 10am to 1 pm Monday through Friday and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 8pm to get free fentanyl test strips.

You can also get in touch with RICARES about acquiring free fentanyl test strips.

If you can’t make it a syringe exchange (a place where you can bring your used needles and get new ones), you can always buy syringes at your local pharmacy. This map will show you pharmacies around the state where you can buy naloxone.

ENCORE is a syringe exchange with a permanent location at 557 Broad Street in Providence, Rhode Island. Please visit their website for more information.

ENCORE offers free syringe delivery. Call 401-781-0665 today for more information.

ENCORE has a mobile team who travel to several areas in Rhode Island , identified by their ENCORE backpacks. In addition to giving you new needles in exchange for your used ones, the street outreach team also gives out safe sex kits, HIV testing information, toiletries, and referrals for additional resources.

Cranston Street, Providence, RI 02909
Hours: Monday: 4:30-6:30

Pawtucket RI 02909
Hours: Wednesday: 4:30-6:30pm

Central Falls RI 02909
Hours: Wednesday: 4:30-6:30pm

Praire Ave, Providence, RI 02909
Hours: Thursday: 10:00am-1:00pm

7 Girard Ave Newport, RI 02840
Hours: Friday 1:30pm-3:30pm

421 Broadway Newport, RI 02840
Hours: Friday 1:30pm-3:30pm

Hartford Ave, Providence, RI
Hours: Saturday: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Project Weber offers syringe exchange at their main drop-in center and has a street outreach team that can exchange syringes and gives out fentanyl test strips, naloxone, condoms, and other supplies. They also have recovery coaching and can link you with a treatment program in you are feeling ready for one. Project Weber also offer HIV and hepatitis C testing. You can find out more information about Project Weber here.

Project Weber/RENEW Drop In Centers
Location: 640 Broad Street, Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-383-4888

Project Weber/RENEW – Olneyville
Location: 249 Manton Ave, Providence, RI 02909

Project Weber/RENEW – Pawtucket
Location: 124 Broad St, Pawtucket, RI 02860

Providence’s Women’s Drop in Center
Location: 640 Broad Street, Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-383-4888

You can get tested

Getting tested for HIV and hepatitis C status is free and is the best way to get linked to treatment. HIV and hepatitis C can be spread if you share needles or other works. HIV can be treated, and hepatitis C is curable! These are locations where you can get tested and also get linked to treatment. Click on these tabs to find a testing location that is best for you.

Location: 557 Broad Street, Providence, RI 02906
Phone Number: 401-781-0665
Hours: By Appointment
Service provided: Testing

Location: 9 Pleasant Street, Providence, RI 02906
Phone Number: 401-821-5522
Hours: Monday and Friday 10:00am-1:00pm, Tuesday and Thursday 4:00pm-6:00pm,
Service provided: HIV and Hepititis C testing

Location: 1125 Main Street, Providence, RI 02906
Phone Number: 401-793-4715
Hours: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 12:30pm-3:30pm
Service provided: HIV and other STI testing

Not only does Project Weber/RENEW offer syringe exchange, they also have HIV and hepatitis C testing at all three of their locations!

Men’s Drop in Center
Location: 640 Broad Street, Providence, RI 02903
Please call for the full address:
Phone: 401-383-4888

Providence’s Women’s Drop in Center
Located at First Tabernacle-not religiously affiliated
Location: 105 Dodge Street, basement, Providence, RI 02907
Phone: 401-383-4888

Pawtucket Women’s Drop in Center
Location: BVCAP 32 Goff Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02860
Phone: 401-723-4520 x291

Location: 386 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02908
Phone Number: 401-861-6191 ext. 115
Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
Service provided: HIV testing

You can get access to health care

Everyone deserves access to health care. There are clinics around Rhode Island that are welcoming to everyone regardless of your insurance status. These clinics will not only treat you, but they can link you to other services and even help you get insurance. These clinics will be able to treat your wounds and abscesses and will also help you with other healthcare needs you may have.

Clinica Esperanza, or the Hope Clinic, treats people of all insurance statuses. They also have doctors and nurses trained to provide medical care in Spanish.
Location: 60 Valley St. Suite 104, Providence, RI 02909
Hours: Monday-Friday: 12:00pm-6:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am-12:00pm
Visit their website

There are 13 different Providence Community Health Centers throughout the city. These health centers provide high quality health care to people regardless of their ability to pay.
Phone: 401-444-0400
Visit their website to find a health center near you.

Thundermist Health Center serves northern, central and southern Rhode Island with clinics in Woonsocket, West Warwick, and South County. They have 10 clinics throughout these areas that cover different health care needs. They accept patients regardless of their ability to pay.

Woonsocket location: 450 Clinton Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895
Phone Number: 401-767-4100

West Warwick location: The Cotton Shed, 186 Providence Street, West Warwick, RI 02893
Phone number: 401-615-2800

South County location: 1 River Street, Wakefield, RI 02879
Phone number: 401-783-0523

Visit their website to find a clinic near you.



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