Pharmacy and Specialist Needle exchanges

Needle exchange logoTo reduce the sharing of needles, syringes and other drug taking equipment there are a range of needle exchanges based at pharmacies across the city and a specialist needle exchange based in the Derby Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service.

Where are the Pharmacy Needle Exchanges?

In Derby pharmacy needle exchanges can be found at the following venues:

What do the needle exchanges provide?

All needle exchanges will provide sterile injecting equipment and the safe disposal of used equipment. Pharmacies will provide a pack of injecting equipment depending on what type of drug is used. The packs include:

Opiate user pack

  • 1x insulin needle
  • 1x swab
  • 1 cup including filter
  • 1 vitamin C

Non-opiate user pack

  • 1x orange needle (1inch and 5/8)
  • 1x swab
  • 1x 2ml syringe
  • 1 cup including filter

Steroid injector pack

  • 10x2ml barrels
  • 20 x green needles (1 ½ inch 21g)
  • 10 x blue needles (1 ¼ inch 23g)
  • 10 x swabs
  • 1 x 0.45 sharps bin

Specialist Needle Exchange

In Derby the specialist needle exchange is based at:

Derby Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service, St Andrews House, 201 London Road, Derby, DE1 2TZ.

For more information about the specialist needle exchange telephone: 0300 790 0265.

The specialist needle exchange provides sterile injecting equipment and also offers a range of information and advice about injecting practice including injecting performance enhancing drugs. One-to-one support and advice is provided which may include information around injecting techniques, overdose risks, testing for blood borne infections including Hepatitis B, C and HIV infections, Hepatitis A & B immunisations and referral to other services.

Opening Times:

  • Monday 9.00- 4.45 pm
  • Tuesday 12.00-4.45 pm
  • Wednesday 9.00-7.45pm
  • Thursday 9.00-7.45pm
  • Friday 9.00- 4.45pm
  • Saturday 10.00 - 3.45pm

Derby Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service also has a needle exchange outreach at Stenson Road Pharmacy – 24-26 Stenson Road, Derby, DE23 1JB where a range of injecting equipment can be obtained. The opening times for Stenson Road Pharmacy are:

  • Monday – Friday 8.30am – 6.30pm
  • Saturday 9.00am – 6.00pm

Tel. 01332 776711