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Pharmacy Services

Needle and Syringe Exchange

Providing a safe supply of needles and syringes to reduce the risk of contracting disease and a safe place to dispose of your used equipment.

Providing a safe supply of needles and syringes to reduce the risk of contracting disease and a safe place to dispose of your used equipment.

Injecting is one of the riskiest ways of using drugs such as heroin, crack, amphetamines, steroid or other substances. 

If you are not using fresh needles and syringes each time, you are at an increased risk of contracting diseases such as Hepatitis C, HIV and tuberculosis, as well as getting nasty infections. 

The free Needle and Syringe Exchange Service offered by Whitworth Pharmacy provides you with a safe supply of needles and syringes so you can reduce these risks and a safe place to dispose of your used equipment. 

Visit your Whitworth pharmacy branch or give us a ring to find out more. 

  • The Needle and Syringe Exchange is a free service which gives injecting drug users access to sterile needles and syringes as well as a sharps container for the safe disposal of used equipment. 

    Our non-judgmental pharmacy staff can also provide information on safe injection practice to reduce the risk of health problems and infections. We can also help you to access further support if required and are happy to answer any of your questions or concerns. 

  • This service is for those over the age of 18 who inject:

    • Heroin

    • Crack

    • Amphetamines

    • Steroids or other performance or image enhancing drugs (PIEDs)

    • Psychoactive compounds, chemicals, plants or medicines

    • Methamphetamine, ketamine or medicines

  • Simply pop into your local Whitworth branch or give us a ring (follow the link to find the number for your branch.) 

    We will explain how the Needle and Syringe Exchange works and how it can benefit you. If you decide that this is right for you, you can simply come into your local branch and request the service. 

    You will be taken to a private consultation room away from the main pharmacy and be treated with respect at all times. During your first visit, we will ask you for some basic details. You will not  need to share your name and address and remain anonymous at all times. 

    Your trained professional will provide you with a sterile pack of needles or syringes and allow you to dispose of your used items in a safe manner.

  • 1. How much does the Needle and Syringe Exchange cost?
    This service is free. 

    2. Can I stay anonymous?
    Yes. We will ask for basic details so we can keep records, but don’t need identifiable information such as your name or address.

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