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.

Mobile Harm Reduction and Needle Exchange

Day Location Time
Monday Charlotte Street – Car Park, NE33 1NT 10am-4pm
Tuesday Charlotte Street – Car Park, NE33 1NT 10am-4pm
Wednesday Charlotte Street – Car Park, NE33 1NT 10am-4pm
Thursday Charlotte Street – Car Park, NE33 1NT 10am-4pm
Friday Charlotte Street – Car Park, NE33 1NT 10am-4pm

**You can also contact the Needle Exchange directly on 07889 804246**

Additional needle exchange provision is available from the following pharmacies:

  • Boustead Chemist – 187 Albert Road, Jarrow, NE32 5AF – (0191) 489 7477
  • Avicenna Hebburn Health Centre Pharmacy – Campbell Park Road, Hebburn, NE31 2SP – (0191) 4834371
  • Avicenna Boldon Lane Pharmacy – 59 Boldon Lane, South Shields, NE34 0AT – (0191) 4553222