Needle Exchange and Supervised Consumption

A small number of pharmacies in South Tyneside provide facilities where you can exchange used needles for new ones. We’re trying to help keep you safe at the needle exchange and reduce of equipment among injecting drug users.

This is a strictly confidential service. We want to protect your health by reducing high risk injecting behaviours. Needle exchange pharmacies provide safe disposal facilities for used injecting equipment.

Supervised consumption

The service team can support you by prescribing substitute medication for your opiate dependence.

We’ll introduce you to a local pharmacy. Staff there can offer you further support by supervising you taking this medication in a safe, professional, and confidential environment.

We’ll discuss with you what you can expect from the pharmacy and also what the pharmacy will expect of you. It’s all about mutual respect – behaving in a courteous manner towards pharmacy staff, attending the pharmacy alone, and accepting that pharmacy staff are likely to ask for proof of ID.

Needle Exchange Locations

You can find our needle exchange facilities at the following pharmacies.
Flagg Court Pharmacy Ltd, Flagg Court. Primary Care Centre, Dale Street, South Shields, NE33 2LX
Lloyds Pharmacy, 2 St. John’s Precinct, Hebburn. NE31 1LQ
Bousteads Chemist, 187 Albert Road, Jarrow. NE32 5AF
Cohens Chemist, The Medical Centre, Gibson Court, Boldon Colliery. NE35 9AN