Sun. Dec 4th, 2022

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.

Sharps collectors at the Santa Ana Civic Center, © Igmar Rodas / SAPD
Sharps collectors at the Santa Ana Civic Center, © Igmar Rodas / SAPD

The Washington Square neighborhood is next to the Civic Center. We wonder if they were notified of the Needle Exchange Program and did they approve it to operate in the Civic Center?

Community activist Igmar Rodas recently found a few needle containers used to dispose of hazardous needles on a planter and thrown on the floor. Per OSHA regulations this is not the proper way to secure a biohazard waste station. These carelessly placed containers are putting the homeless, employees, and school children at risk of puncturing themselves with used syringes.

By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

One thought on “The Civic Center Needle Exchange program is exposing residents and visitors to used needles”
  1. I’ve noticed more needles every where in and out of civic center now that this needle exchange has been coming around, it’s disgusting and it’s not ok. My girlfriend came close to almost sitting on a used needle that was left behind on the benches.

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