What is it?
The needle exchange service provides injecting drug users in Kingston access to sterile equipment such as needles and syringes. It can also be used for the safe disposal of used needles and syringes.
What are the benefits of the service?
Using sterile needles and syringes helps to reduce the risk of contracting and passing on blood-borne viruses such as HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. It also reduces the risk of injection-site infections.
Staff at needle exchange services can also provide advice and information on issues related to substance misuse and can signpost you to services that offer blood borne virus tests if you are worried about infection.
Where can I access this service?
Needle exchange is available at the below pharmacies;
Coombe Hill Pharmacy
Hawks Pharmacy Ltd
Please see the pharmacy directory for more information.