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Oxfordshire

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Needle Exchange

To help make some changes which could really help to protect your long term health, we offer harm reduction services.

Oxford’s Turning Point Hub provides a specialist needle exchange service.

All other hubs provide general needle exchange service.

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The Aim 

The aim of needle and syringe programme is to provide a safe place for you to collect sterile equipment and dispose of used equipment

This is to minimise the risk of transmission of blood-borne viruses and other infections caused by sharing injecting equipment.

The programme also aims to reduce the other harms caused by injecting and provides:

  • Advice on safer injecting practices
  • Advice on minimising the harm done by drugs, including performance and image enhancing drugs
  • Advice on how to minimise the risk and manage an overdose situation
  • Information on the safe handling and disposal of injecting equipment
  • Access to blood-borne virus testing, vaccination and treatment services
  • To help to stop injecting drugs, including access to drug treatment (for example opioid substitution therapy) and encouragement to switch to safer drug taking practices,
  • Other health and welfare services (including condom provision).

Along with the Oxfordshire Hubs certain pharmacies within the county can provide this service, please follow the link for more information

https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/alcohol-and-drug-addiction

 

 

 

We are currently providing limited face to face support as a result of COVID-19; however treatment is still available. Find out the latest update on how the service is operating and please phone your local hub if you need assistance.

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