needle exchange


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needle exchange

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(Social Welfare) a centre where drug users can exchange used hypodermic syringes for new ones
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As well as help and advice, drug users can access needle exchange equipment at the following: McIntyre Cairns Chemist, 27 Craigneuk Street, and Lloyds Pharmacy, 156 Main Street, both Wishaw; Lloyds Pharmacy, 46 Brandon Parade East, Motherwell, and New Stevenson Pharmacy, 245 Clydesdale Street, New Stevenson.
The find has led to a claim that a needle exchange scheme in the town is actually adding to the problem of discarded needles being found around the town rather than helping solve it.
The needle exchange scheme's whole point is to prevent the spread of blood borne viruses like hepatitis and Aids, yet my fear is an innocent person like a shop worker or a child could stab themselves with a used needle and become infected.
She said: "However, we would hope that local needle exchanges - in pharmacies or specialist services - are actively encouraging injecting drug users to return their used equipment to a needle exchange, so that they have the opportunity to access support and advice around their drug use, with the aim of encouraging drug users to seek treatment.
The scheme is called Needle Exchange,which means that the patient is supplied with a pack of 30 syringes and a container for returns and exchange.
An investigation by ITV breakfast show Good Morning Britain has found that the number of intravenous steroid users at one needle exchange in South Wales increased from 269 to 2161 between 2011 and 2016.
The scourge of HIV, which devastated some communities in the 1980s, was brought to heel by needle exchange schemes.
People who inject drugs are more likely to encounter police around needle exchange program sites, and those encounters may harm programs' chances at success, according to one study.
But with education, blood screenings and needle exchange programs, the number of new cases of hepatitis C declined significantly since then.
Families from St James' Village in Gateshead say their vibrant community of young families and vulnerable older people will be put at risk should the centre, which will include a needle exchange, open.
There are three needle exchange programmes operating in the small ward and residents claim streets, play areas and parks are littered with used needles from the exchanges centres.