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The main goal of the Portland Hotel Society's Mobile Needle Exchange is to provide harm reduction in the city of Vancouver. The Mobile Needle Exchange vehicle operates from 7am to 3am daily delivering items such as clean syringes, crack pipes and condoms. In addition, the team of 4 empty the city's needle boxes that are mounted in the alleys of the Downtown Eastside and from SROs that have a needle exchange program. The hotline also receives calls from individuals and businesses who find discarded needles, which are then picked up and disposed of safely. Mariner Janes has been working this job for nearly a year and feels he is doing a very important service. "We get a lot of thanks on the street and its a good feeling being part of the most direct form of harm reduction that I can think of." The program also aims to spread the sense of community, which is found in the Downtown Eastside, beyond its borders to people who are trying to leave the drug scene. Further more, the Mobile Needle Exchange provides recourses and connects people with drug rehabilitation and detox facilities.

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