Syringe Exchange

Upcoming Syringe Exchange Events

Rainbow Health offers an injection drug outreach program, called MAINLINE, that reduces the risk of getting HIV. We provide access to unused syringes, education, and HIV prevention and care services. Our syringe exchange program is the largest in the state. Each month, we distribute and collect approximately 20,000 syringes.

What & Where

Syringe Exchange Calendar

Rainbow Health works with several agencies to provide a list of syringe exchange locations that serve the entire state. If you are looking for other syringe exchange services’ locations and hours, click here.

Additional Risk Reduction

Rainbow Health Mainline Syringe Exchange

From the very beginning of the epidemic, HIV infections have spread through injection drug use. The reality is that sharing syringes and drug injection equipment (like cookers, cottons, tourniquets) makes it easy for HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) to be passed from one person to another.

Rainbow Health offers an injection drug outreach program, called Mainline, that reduces the risk of getting HIV. We provide access to unused syringes, education, and HIV prevention and care services. Our syringe exchange program is the largest in the state. Each month, we distribute and collect approximately 20,000 syringes.

At the Mainline syringe exchange, we serve a growing number of people who inject drugs by providing sterile supplies, safe disposal, treatment referrals, and community referrals in a safe and nonjudgmental setting.

We also provide Naloxone, a life-saving opiate overdose reversal agent, during our all regular Mainline hours. We also provide referrals for testing and get you connected to services for HIV and Hepatitis C. Referrals for other resources for drug and alcohol dependency and social services are also available as needed.

Mainline Services

  • Syringe exchange and disposal
  • Condoms, safer sex, and injection supplies to reduce the risk of getting and spreading HIV and Hepatitis C
  • HIV and Hepatitis C counseling, testing, and referrals
  • Linkage to HIV and HCV medical care and services
  • HIV and HCV risk reduction education and assessments
  • Referrals for substance abuse treatment, support groups, and basic needs
  • Naloxone (Narcan) kits and training*
  • PrEP navigation services

Exchange Hours

Monday and Thursday: 2 – 5 p.m.
Tuesday and Friday: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday: Closed

Locations

All God’s Children Metropolitan Community Church
3100 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

For more information call 651-359-3459 or the Minnesota AIDSLine.

*Please note, if you are planning to receive Naloxone, please allow for 10-15 minutes for the intake and training process.

Rules About Children

If you are an exchange client, and you bring children, they must be accompanied by another adult and remain in the lobby with adult supervision during the exchange.

Children under the age of 18 cannot enter the exchange room.

HIV Testing

We have suspended in-person HIV testing at our Territorial office but will provide HIV testing at the syringe exchange during all regular hours for that location. Testing at this location will use Oraquick tests which provide clients with results in approximately 20 minutes.

Questions can be directed to the Risk Reduction team via Email or by contacting the Minnesota AIDSLine.

Purchase Syringes

It is legal under Minnesota State law to purchase and possess clean, unused syringes. Rainbow Health works with community partners including the Minnesota Department of Health to engage pharmacies to promote syringe access.

Please note that the cost of syringes may vary from $2.50 to $5.00/pack. Pharmacies also periodically change their policies regarding syringe access, and the pharmacist on duty may choose whether or not to participate in the program independent of the pharmacy’s policy. To help simplify the purchase process, please ask the person behind the counter if they are willing to sell you syringes. If the person you are speaking to is unsure, ask them to check with the pharmacist on duty to verify.

Naloxone (Narcan)

Naloxone or Narcan, is an easy-to-use, lifesaving drug that can prevent overdose from heroin or other opioids. The medication has no abuse potential. In 2014, Minnesota unanimously passed Steve’s Law, which allows Minnesotans to carry Narcan. Narcan can be administered with basic training which we provide at Mainline.

AIDSLine

The Minnesota AIDSLine is Minnesota’s statewide information and referral service that can answer your questions about HIV and link you to help. You can reach the AIDSLine at 612-373-2437; email: aidsline@rainbowhealth.org; or text AIDSLine to 839863.