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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 Hospital

Powell / Florence Streets, TWEED HEADS 2485 - (07) 5506 7540
The needle dispensing machine on the grounds of Tweed District Hospital has been relocated. It is now
located at the rear of the Needle Syringe Program (NSP) office on Florence st. (This is situated directly below the entrance to the Community Health Centre.
Drop-in service open Monday to Friday 1.30 - 4.00.
Hospital Emergency Department will provide back-up service if vending machines do not operate. 24 hours sharps safe-disposal bin.

Murwillumbah Hospital - Needle Syringe Program

Ewing Street, Murwillumbah - (02) 6672 1822
There is a sharps disposal bin located next to the 24hr "fitpack" needle dispensing machine at front of Murwillumbah
hospital (Charges apply)
Drop-in service open Tuesday and Thursday: 9.30 - 12.00.
Back up Service through the Emergency Department
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