Access to Needles and Syringes

"Needle and syringe programs (NSP) were by far the most common source of needles and syringes in the preceding six months (95%), followed by chemists (16%). NSP vending machines were used by 33% of participants in TAS and 29% in NSW. Proportions reporting a friend, partner and/or dealer varied by jurisdiction. Hospitals and outreach/peer workers were also accessed (Table 75).
"In comparison, data from the 2010 National Drug Strategy Household survey reported that around 65% of recent injectors (used in the previous 12 months) obtained needles and syringes from a chemist, followed by 37% at NSP (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2011)."


Stafford, J. and Burns, L. (2013). Australian Drug Trends 2012. Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS). Australian Drug Trend Series No. 91. Sydney, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales. p. 104.