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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Clean needle program

 

Overview

The Clean needle program is a public health initiative that reduces the spread of blood borne viruses including HIV and hepatitis C among people who inject drugs and the wider community of South Australia (SA). Similar programs in other states and territories are known as needle exchange programs or needle and syringe programs.

The Clean needle program reduces blood borne virus transmission and increases other health and social outcomes effectively, safely and cost efficiently. This is achieved by the provision of a range of services to people who inject drugs including:

Services are provided at a range of sites in metropolitan and country SA.

Abstract adapted from Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA)

Contacts

Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA)
161 Greenhill Road
Parkside SA 5063
Ph: (08) 8274 3382
Email: dassa.harmreduction@health.sa.gov.au

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Last updated: 27 October 2014
 
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