needles per year
Intercambios Puerto Rico is a nongovernmental organization (NGO) that advocates for social integration of marginalized groups –particularly people with problematic use of drugs, people without a home, and sex workers– through programs and activities focused on services, education, advocacy and research.
You too can help eradicate the criminalization of people living in the streets because of mental health conditions or problematic drug use.
Voices from the streets
“I am no longer mistreating my skin, and injections don’t hurt. I understand this is very important for protection against illnesses.”
“I feel confident I won’t get infections with my Hepatitis C, and I have more preventive behaviors.”
“I benefit from having supplies and not having to spend money on them, and from not having bad experiences at drug stores that do not want to sell needles to me.”
“There is no scarcity of needles, so I don’t have to get used ones from other people.”
“I no longer get anxious for not having needles, I don’t have to pick one from the floor, nor borrow or buy them. This has reduced the damages to my skin and my veins.”
“Thanks to you, I have reasons to live.”