NTAHC has 3 primary NSP’s offering a full range of injecting equipment to People Who Inject Drugs (PWID). We have been offering services to PWID since the early eighties. The primary aim of the Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) is to reduce the risk of transmission of HIV, Hepatitis B & C and reduce the other harms associated with injecting drug uses.
NSP’s sit within the National Drug Strategy which is broken down into 3 tiers and has been in operation since 1986. These are Harm Reduction, Supply Reduction and Demand Reduction.
- education and health promotion on safe injecting practices;
- free sterile injecting equipment;
- a range of sharps container for the safe disposal of used equipment and disposal facilities at each site for the disposal of used equipment after the fact;
- free condoms and lube to promote safer sex; and
- training by appointment for individuals and organisations on blood borne virus transmission & prevention / handling of used syringes and cleaning of blood and body fluid spills / NSP’s the government’s response to hepatitis and HIV.
NTAHC NSP’s are staffed by peers (current or ex-users) able to provide expert knowledge on various issues around drug use. It’s this peer to peer approach that keeps our NSP clients safe and well informed.
Read more about our current Harm Reduction Needle and Syringe Programs:
- Collection and Disposal
- Using Drugs Safely
- NSP Peer Campaigns