Needles and syringes2024-05-03T13:52:40+10:00

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 infections and transmission of blood borne virus such as HIV and hepatitis C among injecting drug users.

Our NSP’s are located at Biala, Caboolture Community Health and Redcliffe Community Health Centre, and provide a range of services for people who inject drugs:

  • sterile injecting equipment
  • education on reducing drug use
  • health information and safer injecting advice
  • referral to treatment, medical care and legal and social services
  • overdose prevention training and access to 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 large sharps bin is also located at each NSP to allow for the safe return and disposal of used injecting equipment.

Vending machines

Syringe vending machines which dispense packs for free, or a small fee, are also located at a number of venues. These 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 Needle and Syringe Helpline on 1800 633 353 for information on how to access clean needles and syringes and how to dispose of 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-4.30pm
 Yes 181 Anzac Avenue
(07) 3897 6330
Brisbane City – Biala
7 days 7.00am-11.00pm
 Yes 270 Roma Street
(07) 3837 5614
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 8.30am-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

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

Adis 24/7 Alcohol and Drug Support

Adis provides 24-hour, 7 day a week confidential support for people in Queensland with alcohol and other drug concerns, their families and health professionals.

1800 177 833

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