The Queensland Needle and Syringe Program aims to reduce the incidence of blood borne viruses and injecting related injuries and disease. The program supplies sterile injecting equipment to injecting drug users with the aim of ensuring users do not re-use and share needles, thus decreasing injection-related harms and reducing the spread of blood borne viruses within the wider community, respectively.1
Many people rely on needles, lancets or syringes to manage medical conditions and maintain their health. Pharmacy plays an important role in the community by providing safe methods of disposal and sterile injecting equipment for customers who use sharps.
The PNSP is funded via Queensland Health and administered by The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch.
Is your 120L Sharps Disposal Bin full? Collection, transportation and incineration of the sharps waste is provided free of charge.
The supply and delivery of Queensland Health approved sterile injecting equipment (sharps packs) to pharmacies is free.
This FREE app allows clients to search for public and pharmacy NSPs across Queensland. It also contains useful information about safe injecting practices, blood borne viruses and overdose.
Locate a pharmacy near you which participates in the PNSP, where you can safely dispose of sharps and access sterile injecting equipment.
View upcoming education sessions and gain the knowledge and skills needed to run a successful Needle and Syringe Program in your store.
Additional resources for PNSP staff
We have provided answers to common questions regarding the Pharmacy Needle and Syringe Program.
Participating pharmacies and pharmacy staff agree to the following Terms and Conditions.
Participating pharmacies should maintain and adhere to the following Policies and Procedures.
There is a wide range of drugs or substances that can be abused. Please see the Alcohol and Drug Foundation Drugs Facts webpage for easy-to-read information on a range of drugs commonly used in Australia.
Safe injecting practices can minimise the transmission of blood borne viruses and injection-related injuries.
Blood-borne viruses (BBVs) include hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and the human immune-deficiency virus (HIV).
The PNSP provides hypertext links to a number of other service providers and websites as a way to provide resources and information to both the public and participating PNSP pharmacies. This does not mean that 1) the PNSP endorses these service providers, and websites (and the material contained) in any way and 2) the PNSP cannot be held liable for the service(s) provided by these service providers or the accuracy of material contained in the websites.