The Victorian Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) is a public health initiative that aims to minimise the spread of blood-borne viruses such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis B and C among people who inject drugs and into the wider community.
Sharing a used needle or other injecting equipment is one of the most common ways of transmitting blood-borne viruses such as HIV and hepatitis B and C. In Australia, NSPs have prevented thousands of cases of infection among people who inject drugs and, in turn, protected the wider community.
At our main office (47 High Street Kyneton) as a secondary-fixed NSP site we provide:
* Free sterile needles, syringes and other injecting equipment
* Plastic disposal containers for the safe disposal of used injecting equipment
* A location for the return of used needles and syringes
* Free condoms and water-based lubricant to encourage and facilitate safer sex practices
* Printed information on a range of health and drug use issues.
For more information on NSP visit the Department of Health & Human Services website.