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.
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.
|Centre||After hours vending||Location||Phone|
|Bowen Hills – QuIHN Brisbane
|1 Hamilton Place
|(07) 3620 8111|
|Redcliffe Community Health Centre
|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
|568 Gympie Road
|(07) 3817 6333|
|North West Community Health
|49 Corrigan Street
|(07) 3335 8888|
|Caboolture Community Health
|(07) 5433 8300|
|Nundah Community Health
|10 Nellie Street
|(07) 3146 2300|
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)