New Zealand Needle Exchange Programme
Mental Health & Addictions Service, Community Health
The New Zealand Needle Exchange Programme is a nationwide programme funded by the Ministry of Health.
We are a peer-based organisation, and committed to a health and human rights based service approach for people who use drugs.
Needle Exchange Programme
- Programme Areas
Addictions - drug & alcohol
- Programme Type
Community / social support (AOD)
All of New Zealand
- Age Groups
Youth / rangatahi, Adult / pakeke, Older adult / kaumātua
- Referral Types
The needle exchange programme consists of 21 dedicated exchanges, one being a mobile exchange, and 198 pharmacies and alternative outlets.
Click here to find your nearest needle exchange outlet.
Needle and syringe programmes are an important harm reduction intervention. In New Zealand they are commonly known as needle exchange programmes.
People who are injecting drugs can access needles, syringes and other equipment to support safe injecting practice and reduce risk of health related complications.
Needle exchanges also provide for the safe disposal of used needles and syringes.
We follow a harm reduction model based on empathy and a non-judgemental approach, working with people where they are at and however they understand their drug use. Injecting drug users frequently experience stigma and discrimination; this can often present a barrier to accessing services. As peers mainly staff our exchanges, we have an established credibility and trust within the community. Needle exchanges are therefore a safe space and an important source of information and advice.
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This page was last updated at 12:03PM on July 12, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by New Zealand Needle Exchange Programme.