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The needle syringe/harm reduction program is a public health measure to reduce the spread of blood-borne viral infections among injecting drug users. All harm reduction/needle syringe program outlets and pharmacy needle exchanges provide access to sharps safe disposal bins.

If you find a needle in a public place, please ring the NSW Health Needle Clean-up HOTLINE on 1800 633 353 or advise Council on 02 6670 2400.

Sharps should always be kept secure and separate from other wastes. Many people rely on using needles and syringes to maintain their own health or that of a family member (eg diabetics or people requiring dialysis). Injecting equipment is also used by injecting drug users, and by pet and livestock owners for animal health care. “Community Sharps” is the name used to describe needles, syringes, lancets, canulas and other equipment resulting from these activities.

Because of the high risk of injury to workers and other community members, SHARPS SHOULD NEVER BE DISPOSED OF IN RECYCLING BINS, GARBAGE BINS, STREET LITTER BINS, TOILETS OR DOWN DRAINS OR INTO THE ENVIRONMENT. However, community members can dispose of Needles into a plastic container with a secured lid (plastic drink bottle, with lids secured tightly) and then put bottle into red bin. Do not use glass containers.

Further information can be obtained on the NSW Health website:

Needle Exchange locations:

Tweed Heads Community Health Centre
Powell / Florence Streets, TWEED HEADS 2485 (07) 5506 7540
Drop-in service open Monday to Friday 1.30 - 4.30. Services available: access to full range of sterile injecting equipment, information, support, referral.
Access to 'fitpacks' also from reception Monday to Friday 8.30 - 5.00. Closed on Public Holidays.
24 hours 'fitpack' vending machines at the back of the hospital, facing the river (charges apply).
Hospital Emergency Department will provide back-up service if vending machines do not operate. 24 hours sharps safe-disposal bin.

Day and Night Chemist
Kennedy Drive Tweed Heads West

Murwillumbah Community Health - Needle Syringe Program
Centrelink Building Cnr Wollumbin and Nullum Street MURWILLUMBAH 2484
02 6670 9400
Community Health centre is open Monday to Friday 8.30 - 5.00. Closed on Public Holidays.
Drop-in service Monday to Friday: 8.30 - 12.00.
When drop in service is closed, access to full range of sterile injecting equipment available from Community Health Centre reception.
Access to large sharps safe-disposal bin during opening hours.
Wednesday services provided: full range of sterile injecting equipment, information, support, referral.
24 hour 'fitpack' vending machine behind lattice on wall facing Knox Park (charges apply).
24 hour sharps safe-disposal bin.
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