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Tasmania Needle and Syringe Outlets

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The Tasmanian Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) is a public health initiative to minimise the spread of blood borne viruses HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B and C among injecting drug users and to the wider community. These services include Primary and Secondary NSPs and Vending Machines.

Primary NSPs

Primary NSPs provide a wide range of injecting equipment to injecting drug users, they also:

  • provide health information and education.
  • make referrals.
  • liaise with local agencies such as police, local government, health, drug treatment and welfare agencies.
  • distribute sharps disposal containers, alcohol swabs, pill filters, and sterile water for injection.
  • provide services for the appropriate disposal of used injecting equipment.

Secondary NSPs

Secondary NSPs are programs operating within existing organisations, such as community health centres, regional hospitals and community houses. They:

  • distribute fit packs containing 1, 3 and 5ml syringes
  • may provide services for the appropriate disposal of used injecting equipment
  • make referrals.

Vending machines

  • provide fit packs containing 1, 3 and 5ml syringes for a fee.

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