Needle Exchanges

Find your nearest needle exchange facility or get your supplies ordered by post

If you take drugs by injecting them, you are more vulnerable to injuries, infections and blood borne viruses.

All our services offer needle exchange programs where you can get new, sterile injecting equipment and advice for staying safe. Our staff and volunteers who welcome you have specialist training and will work with you to keep you safe. We can also take any used equipment so that it can be safely disposed of. Look out for the needle exchange logo and staff will be on hand to help.

Needle Exchange sign


The Needle and Syringe Exchange Service is a free, confidential service for people who actively inject drugs. Its purpose is to reduce the likelihood of infections, and the transmission of blood borne viruses such as Hep C by providing free, sterile injecting equipment and by disposing of used equipment safely. 

Needle exchanges are places where you can confidentially access sterile and safe injection kits and needles. If you are someone who injects drugs then these services are essential in harm reduction when doing so.

Using compromised needles can lead to infections at the sight of injection, as well as the transmission of blood borne viruses such as Hep C or HIV.

You can get advice on harm reduction when it comes to injecting drugs, as well as sterile supplies and life saving naloxone kitss. All services provided at needle exchanges are free and confidential.

There are also services to check on, and care for wounds on injection sites that may be infected. You can also get tested for blood borne viruses that you may have been exposed to, as well as treatment for these viruses if you do test positive. 

Any service or pharmacy that has the needle exchange symbol (shown below) will provide needle exchange services. You will see this symbol at all of our hubs, showing that we offer needle exchange services. 

Needle Exchange sign

If you live somewhere remote, you can order needle exchange supplies or find advice on harm reduction from such websites as Orion Medical Supplies,or Exchange Supplies. These are free services and will be delivered to your home.  

For anyone living in Devon or Dorset, you can find a list below of the available needle exchanges at our hubs that you could access in person.

If you live in Dorset, you can have injecting equipment, associated paraphernalia and naloxone delivered direct to you. This service is free and equipment is delivered in plain, unidentifiable packaging. Register now to get started with ordering your supplies. You will need to use the drop down menu and choose “Humankind Home Deliver’ and then make an account. You will then be taken to a second page for Reach where you can order your supplies. Please visit:

Find your nearest needle exchange

TownLocationAddressOpening TimesNotes
BlandfordBlandford United Reform Church28 Whitecliff Mill Street, Blandford, DT11 7DQ9am-4.30pm Wednesday and Friday only
BridportQuaker Meeting House95 South St, Bridport DT6 3NZThursdays 9am – 4pm By appointment only
DorchesterQuaker Meeting House8 Holloway Rd, Fordington, Dorchester DT1 1LFTues, Wed am Fri 9am – 4pmBy appointment only
GillinghamWoodcock CourtQueens Street, Gillingham, SP8 4DZMonday - Friday 9am - 4.30pmDrop in any time - please call if you can't make it by 4.30
Lyme RegisBethany Chapel32 Coombe St, Lyme Regis DT7 3PPWednesdays 9am – 4pmBy appointment only
WeymouthWeymouth Coffee TavernWeymouth Coffee Tavern, 24 High West St, Weymouth, DT4 8JHMonday - Friday 9am - 5pmDrop in any time
WimborneCommunity Learning and Resources Centre (CLARC)41-44 King Street, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1EBMonday - Friday 9am - 5pmDrop in any time
Other satellites are in Shaftesbury, Sherborne and SturminsterStaff can bring supplies with them but require advance notice.
Needles & other supplies by postYou can order needles and other safe injecting supplies to your doorNeedles by post

Please note: 

Choose Humankind Home Deliver from the drop down menu

TownPlaceLocationOpening TimesNotes
ExeterExeter HubMagdalene House, Grendon Road, Exeter, EX1 2NJMon - Fri 9am-5pmDrop in at any time
Newton AbbotNewton Abbot HubTempler House, Scott Close, Newton Abbot, TQ12 1GJMon - Fri 9am-5pmDrop in at any time
Barnstaple Barnstaple hubUnits 3, 4 & 6 Riverside Court Castle Street, Barnstaple, EX31 1DRMon - Fri 9am-5pmDrop in at any time
BidefordSt Mary's ChurchSt Marys House, 9 Church Walk, Bideford EX39 2BPFriday 11am - 2pm

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