Sharps containers are available for purchase from your local pharmacy. The needle and syringe program operating from the locations listed below supplies free injecting equipment to illicit drug users and sharps bins to diabetics who use insulin.
If you find a used needle or syringe, please follow these steps.
Do not try to put a cap on it.
Find a rigid-walled, puncture-resistant, sealable container.
Put on latex or rubber gloves.
Put the container on the ground beside the needle / syringe.
Pick up the needle / syringe by the middle of the barrel.
Keep the sharp end of the needle / syringe facing away from you at all times.
Put the needle / syringe in the container sharp end first.
Put any other items that have come into contact with blood in the same container.
Hold the container at the top and put on the lid.
Take off the gloves and wash your hands with running water and soap.
Put the sealed container in a rubbish bin, or in a community sharps container disposal bin.
Tell children to find an adult if they find needles / syringes.
For more information or help, please call us on 07 3412 3412 or the Needle Helpline on 1800 633 353 (1800 NEEDLE).
If you receive an injury from a needle or syringe, please follow these steps.
Encourage the wound to bleed (gently squeeze it).
Wash the area with cold running water and soap.
Apply antiseptic and a Band-Aid.
Contact your local doctor.
For information about testing, counselling and immunisation please call:
your local doctor
a sexual health clinic
a community health centre.
There are currently no published reports of any member of the public contracting HIV, Hepatitis C or Hepatitis B infection after injury from a used needle in Australia. This is because HIV and Hepatitis B and C viruses do not survive for long outside the body.