Once again, people who do not live in Santa Ana are trying to tell our city what to do. After operating in the Civic Center for 2 years, the Orange County Needle Exchange Program (OCNEP) was denied a permit to continue giving out free needles in the Civic Center every Saturday. In January, the city decided that finding needles in our Civic Center, library, parks, and neighborhoods was a public safety issue, and could no longer allow the program to put resident’s and city worker’s safety at risk. Continue reading
Starting in February 2016, a group of UCI Med Students started operating a Needle Exchange in the Santa Ana Civic Center. Over the past few months, there have been numerous used needles found inside the Santa Ana Main Library, and a few needle-stick injuries in the Civic Center.
Those needle-stick injuries are not pleasant. The victims have to undergo blood-testing and they have to use condoms with their sexual partners. The victims could be exposed to HIV and Hepatitis. Continue reading
City of Santa Ana, Downtown Orange County
The City of Santa Ana has received notification that a group of UC Irvine medical students are seeking approval from the State of California to establish a “free needle exchange program” in the French Court Neighborhood for intravenous drug users.
The community is encouraged to submit public comments on the needle exchange as the proposed location at 1605 N. Spurgeon is not permitted under Santa Ana’s General Plan. Public comments are being accepted through May 14, 2015 via email to: Continue reading