The NSW Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) is an evidence based public health program that aims to protect the community from the spread of infections such as HIV and Hepatitis C. NSPs provide people who inject drugs with free and confidential access to new injecting equipment in order to prevent the sharing of equipment.
An independent report commissioned by the Australian Government found that between 2000 to 2009, Needle and Syringe Programs averted 32,050 cases of HIV, 96,667 cases of Hepatitis C and generated long term cost savings of $1.28 billion.
New injecting equipment is distributed via primary NSPs, secondary NSPs, vending machines and selected chemists throughout NSW.
NSP services on the North Coast of NSW:
For more information call the Alcohol and Drug Information Service :
1800 422 599
If you have found inappropriately discarded needles and syringes, please call the Needle Clean-up Hotline:
1800 633 353