The Needle & Syringe Programme (NSP) is a health promotion intervention grounded in the harm reduction philosophy. Through this service people who smoke or inject drugs can obtain sterile injecting equipment and other drug paraphernalia like foil at no cost to them. Service users are also offered a wide range of advice and support regarding safer drug use and safer injecting techniques, tailored to their needs.
The aim of these services is to reduce the damage associated with sharing used injecting equipment i.e. preventing the spread of HIV, HepC, vein damage, overdose, etc. The ALDP provides discreet NSP services through outreach.
In Dublin, the NSP programme runs from 9:45 – 12:45 on Thursday mornings. There is no fixed location, the programme is run through an outreach basis with staff on the streets of inner city Dublin. For more information or to request our staff to meet you with equipment, contact 1800 78 68 28.
Additionally, NSP is provided on an in-reach basis to the residents of two hostels in Dublin; Crosscare Cedar House Hostel on Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30pm and Crosscare Haven House Hostel on Friday afternoons from 3:30-4:30pm.
In the Midwest, the NSP is available upon request during the Assertive Outreach which is available Monday through Friday. To arrange a meeting in Limerick City or for more information, call Leanne at (085) 143 6981 or Declan at (085) 1559598. For county Limerick, North Tipperary or Clare contact Shane at (085)7537073.