Needle and Syringe Program – NSP: Pharmacy (Directions Health Services)

Needle and Syringe Programs (NSPs) are a public health measure, consistent with ACT Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Strategy and the National Drug Strategy’s harm minimisation framework, to reduce the spread of infections such as HIV and hepatitis C among people who inject drugs. They provide a range of services that include provision of sterile injecting equipment, education on safe injecting practices, health information, and referral to drug treatment, medical care and legal and social services. The injecting equipment provided includes needles and syringes, swabs, vials of sterile water and ‘sharps bins’ for the safe disposal of used needles and syringes.

Source: Dolan, K. MacDonald, M., Silins, E. & Topp, L. 2005. Needle and syringe programs: A review of the evidence. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

Pharmacy NSPs

Pharmacy NSPs are community retail pharmacies that distribute a range of injecting equipment. Pharmacy NSPs may supply injecting equipment and disposal containers free of charge for either sale or distribution to NSP clients.

Source: Commonwealth of Australia. 2010. National Needle and Syringe Program National Strategic Framework 2010 – 2014. Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra.

Equipment provided includes 4-packs (sterile needles, syringes, swabs, water, spoons and safe disposal containers) for approximately $2.

Phone: (02) 6132 4800
Fax: (02) 6132 4801
Email address: nsp@directionsact.com
Website: www.directionsact.com
Location: Woden
Parent organisation: Directions Health Services

Access Information

A range of pharmacies participate in the ACT Needle Syringe Program. Please contact the individual pharmacy for opening hours and further advice as information provided is subject to change.

Ainslie Pharmacy
7 Edgar St, Ainslie ACT 2602
Ph: (02) 6248 7708

Campbell Pharmacy
32 Blamey Pl, Campbell ACT 2612
Ph: (02) 6248 0783

Charnwood Capital Chemist
Lotsky St, Charnwood ACT 2615
Ph: (02) 6258 4949

Chemist on Northbourne
53 Northbourne Ave, Canberra City ACT 2601
Ph: (02) 6162 1133

Chisholm Capital Chemist
Benham St, Chisholm ACT 2905
Ph: (02) 6292 2427

City Market Chemmart Chemist
Canberra Centre, Bunda St, Canberra City ACT 2600
Ph: (02) 6249 8074

Develins Pharmacy
Garema Place, Canberra City ACT 2600
Ph: (02) 6248 8989

Curtin Capital Chemist
45 Curtin Pl, Curtin ACT 2605
Ph: (02) 6281 1058

Deakin Pharmacy
2 Duff Pl, Deakin ACT 2600
Ph: (02) 6281 3420

Fyshwick Pharmacy
10 Paragon Mall, Fyshwick ACT 2609
Ph: (02) 6280 4074

Higgins Pharmacy
Shop 3, Higgins Pl, Higgins ACT 2615
Ph: (02) 6254 0484

Holder Pharmacy
Blackwood Tce, Holder ACT 2611
Ph: (02) 6288 4888

Hughes Capital Chemist
22 Hughes Pl, Hughes ACT 2605
Ph: (02) 6281 2581

Kippax Pharmacy
Shop 8, Kippax Centre, Hardwick Cres, Holt ACT 2615
Ph: (02) 6254 8550

Lanyon Australian Pharmacy
Shop 17, Lanyon Market Pl, Box Hill Dr, Lanyon ACT 2906
Ph: (02) 6284 8555

Lyneham Capital Chemist 
Wattle St, Lyneham ACT 2602
Ph: (02) 6247 7004

Mawson Pharmacy
Shop 9, Mawson Pl, Mawson ACT 2607
Ph: (02) 6286 3737

Narrabundah Pharmacy
18 Iluka St, Narrabundah ACT 2604
Ph: (02) 6295 8274

Ngunnawal Pharmacy
Shop 5, Wanganeen Ave, Ngunnawal ACT 2913
Ph: (02) 6242 4331

O’Connor Capital Chemist
Sargood St, O’Connor, ACT 2602
Ph: (02) 6248 7050

Priceline Manuka
Shop 8, Manuka Arcade, FRanklin St, Manuka ACT 2603
Ph: (02) 6295 0059

Redhill Pharmacy
Shop 4, Duyfken Pl, Redhill ACT 2603
Ph: (02) 6295 8046

Southlands Capital Chemist
Southland Shopping Centre, Mawson Pl, Mawson ACT 2607
Ph: (02) 6286 3644

Waramanga Capital Chemist
Shop 3, Damala Street & Waramanga Place, Waramanga ACT 2611
Ph: (02) 6288 1334

Woden Priceline Pharmacy
Westfield, Woden ACT 2606
Ph: (02) 6282 1414

Other Information

Needle and Syringe Disposal

If you find a needle or syringe (also called a sharp) in a public place or on your private property, call the SHARPS Hotline on 13 22 81, who will arrange for its collection and disposal.

If you find a sharp, do not touch it and, if possible, stand guard, or mark the area with a hazard sign, particularly if there are children around. Be prepared to give the Sharps Hotline accurate information on the location of the item. A City Ranger from ACT Government Territory and Municipal Services will come and pick it up as soon as possible.

Source: Canberra Connect, 2011, Needle and Syringe Disposal, ACT Government.

Last Update September 2016