Needle Syringe Program - NSP
Alexandra District Health operates a 24 hour NSP program enabling anyone to gain access to free syringes, swabs, condoms, needle disposal containers, and educational material relating to injecting drug use. Referral to other agencies can also be arranged.
Clients can present at the reception desk or the nurses station for prompt, discreet access to this service by trained staff.
We also dispose of used injecting equipment, and encourage the service's clients to always dispose of their used equipment safely.
The purpose of the NSP service is one of harm minimisation. Research has shown that the provision of clean injecting equipment to injecting drug users reduces the transmission of blood borne diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis B within the community.