Tag Archives: HEPPAC

Safe Shape's bold structure invites visitors at the Afrikatown Community Garden.

Alameda County organization demonstrates safe injection site for drug users

“Hello, sir. What do you need today?” Braunz Courtney says with a welcoming smile, standing comfortably behind a buffet of sterile syringes and pipes. “I need some medium sharps,” his client Vernon, 64, responds.
A HEPPAC client drops a handful of used syringes into a medical waste bin at a recent deep East Oakland needle exchange.

Legal at last, but strapped for cash, needle exchanges seek federal funding

In places like Oakland, where local authorities treat syringe exchange as an accepted public health practice, groups like HEPPAC no longer face the risk of arrest. Today their challenge is going mainstream, and needle exchange...