Clean needles and syringes2018-03-23T02:33:35+00:00

Clean needles and syringes

Needle and syringe programs (NSP) are a public health measure, consistent with the National Drug Strategy’s harm minimisation framework, to reduce the spread of infections such as HIV and hepatitis C among injecting drug users.

We provide a range of services for people who inject drugs:

  • sterile injecting equipment
  • education on reducing drug use
  • health information
  • referral to drug treatment, medical care and legal and social services
  • assistance to access take-home naloxone.

The injecting equipment provided includes needles and syringes, swabs and ‘sharps bins’ for the safe disposal of used needles and syringes. Sterile water and wheel filters are also available for a small fee.

Needle and syringe programs do not supply drugs or allow people to inject drugs on the premises.

A ‘sharps bin’ is located at each NSP to allow for the safe disposal of used injecting equipment.

Vending machines

Syringe vending machines dispense packs for a small fee. The 24/7 machines that provide sterile needles and syringes are located outside hospitals, community or sexual health centres and alcohol and drug services.

Call the Clean Needle Helpline on 1800 633 353 for information on how to access clean needle and syringes and how to dispose them safely.

Centre After hours vending Location Phone
Bowen Hills – QuIHN Brisbane 
Monday-Friday 9.00am-7.00pm
1 Hamilton Place
Bowen Hills
(07) 3620 8111
Redcliffe Community Health Centre
Monday-Friday 8.00am-4.00pm
 Yes 181 Anzac Avenue
(07) 3897 6330
Brisbane City – Biala
7 days 7.00am-11.00pm
 Yes 270 Roma Street
(07) 3837 5613
Brisbane Youth Service
Monday-Friday 9.00am-12.00pm, 1.00pm-4.00pm
42 McLachlan Street
(07) 3252 3750
Pine Rivers Community Centre
Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.00pm
568 Gympie Road
(07) 3817 6333
North West Community Health

Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.00pm
49 Corrigan Street
(07) 3335 8888
Caboolture Community Health 
Monday-Friday 8.00am-4.30pm
 Yes McKean Street
(07) 5433 8300
Nundah Community Health 
Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.00pm
10 Nellie Street
(07) 3146 2300

Contact us

Clean Needle Helpline
Support or more information about clean needles and syringes.
Phone: 1800 633 353

Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS)
You can discuss treatment options or make an appointment by calling
Phone: 1800 177 833 (24/7)

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