Harm Reduction Program
The MaineGeneral Harm Reduction Program offers free and anonymous services to adults 18 and older:
- Needle exchange and clean supplies
- Exchanges on a one-for-one basis only
- New clients receive a membership card and welcome packet
- Harm reduction counseling
- HIV/hepatitis C testing
- Safer sex supplies and education
- Overdose prevention and naloxone (NARCAN®) education
- Access to free NARCAN®
- Referrals to primary care, substance use disorder treatment, recovery resources and other services
Next Step Needle Exchange
The Next Step Needle Exchange is located in Augusta and Waterville.
In Augusta, the program is located on the second floor at 9 Green Street.
Augusta Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. - noon.
In Waterville, the program is located on the Terrace Level of the Thayer Center for Health (TCH) at 149 North Street. Take the elevators down to the Terrace Level. Across from elevators, enter the door marked Prevention and Healthy Living and look for the welcome sign and waiting area on the left.
Waterville Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
HIV/Hepatitis C Testing
Harm Reduction Program provides free HIV and hepatitis C testing at our 9 Green Street, Augusta and 149 North Street, Waterville locations for those who are at high risk.
The anonymous testing process uses Oraquick™ testing technology which is completed in about 30 minutes. No appointment is needed during Needle Exchange hours (see above). Testing outside of walk-in hours is by appointment.
Overdose Prevention and Naloxone
Most opioid overdoses in Maine happen by accident. If you or a family member have been prescribed a prescription pain medication, you can ask your health care team for a narcan kit which reverses opioid overdoses.
For more information on how to use the kit, check out these instructions, watch our video or call (207) 872-4102.
How to Avoid Accidental Overdose
We help educate community members and organizations on the opioid crisis in Maine, how to identify and respond to an opioid overdose and how to use emergency opioid overdose reversal kits.
Please call (207) 872-4102 to schedule one of our presentations.
Safer Sex Dispensary
Free condoms and other safe sex supplies are available on the second floor at 9 Green Street, Augusta and the Terrace Level, Thayer Center for Health, Waterville. This resource is open to the public and can be used anonymously.
Community Education and Resources
MaineGeneral's Harm Reduction Program offers educational presentations on opioid overdose prevention and naloxone use. To schedule one, please call (207) 872-4102.
- What You Need to Know About Naloxone: A training on how to use a NARCAN® kit.
- Sex and Drugs Jeopardy: An interactive presentation about substance use disorder, medication-assisted treatment, overdose, and HIV and hepatitis A, B and C
- Information on treatment options in Kennebec and Somerset counties. Find treatment options for adults and for teens.
Hours & More Information
Harm Reduction Program hours Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Please call (207) 872-4102 for more information regarding services listed above.
A United Way partner program.