Find your nearest needle exchange facility or get your supplies ordered by post
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.
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.
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: https://orionmedical.co.uk/registration/
|Blandford||Blandford United Reform Church||28 Whitecliff Mill Street, Blandford, DT11 7DQ||9am-4.30pm Wednesday and Friday only|
|Bridport||Quaker Meeting House||95 South St, Bridport DT6 3NZ||Thursdays 9am – 4pm||By appointment only|
|Dorchester||Quaker Meeting House||8 Holloway Rd, Fordington, Dorchester DT1 1LF||Tues, Wed am Fri 9am – 4pm||By appointment only|
|Gillingham||Woodcock Court||Queens Street, Gillingham, SP8 4DZ||Monday - Friday 9am - 4.30pm||Drop in any time - please call if you can't make it by 4.30|
|Lyme Regis||Bethany Chapel||32 Coombe St, Lyme Regis DT7 3PP||Wednesdays 9am – 4pm||By appointment only|
|Weymouth||Weymouth Coffee Tavern||Weymouth Coffee Tavern, 24 High West St, Weymouth, DT4 8JH||Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm||Drop in any time|
|Wimborne||Community Learning and Resources Centre (CLARC)||41-44 King Street, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1EB||Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm||Drop in any time|
|Other satellites are in Shaftesbury, Sherborne and Sturminster||Staff can bring supplies with them but require advance notice.|
Choose Humankind Home Deliver from the drop down menu
|Exeter||Exeter Hub||Magdalene House, Grendon Road, Exeter, EX1 2NJ||Mon - Fri 9am-5pm||Drop in at any time|
|Newton Abbot||Newton Abbot Hub||Templer House, Scott Close, Newton Abbot, TQ12 1GJ||Mon - Fri 9am-5pm||Drop in at any time|
|Barnstaple||Barnstaple hub||Units 3, 4 & 6 Riverside Court Castle Street, Barnstaple, EX31 1DR||Mon - Fri 9am-5pm||Drop in at any time|
|Bideford||St Mary's Church||St Marys House, 9 Church Walk, Bideford EX39 2BP||Friday 11am - 2pm|