Needle exchange and harm reduction

Harm reduction services

Harm reduction promotes ‘safer’ drug use. RESET services and 7pharmacies in Tower Hamlets offer a free, confidential and anonymous needle exchange programme. Which helps reduce the spread of blood borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections. This includes the distribution of sterile equipment for people who use drugs and a safe disposal service. Residents can also access Naloxone, an emergency medication that can reverse the effects of an overdose of opioids such as heroin or methadone. All sites provide non-judgmental harm reduction advice for safer injecting, alternatives to injecting and links to treatment services.

You can protect yourself (and others) from serious infections if you

Use new sterile injecting equipment every time, and never share

  • needles and syringes

  • spoons or cookers

  • water

  • filters

  • acids

Create a ‘safe space’ for preparing your hit

You can do this by getting it together on a surface that you can throw away afterwards (like a newspaper or magazine).

Always dispose of used injecting equipment safely

Use a sharps bin to store used equipment until you can take it back to the needle exchange.

Always wash your hands and the injecting site

If you inject drugs you will always inject some bacteria as well. Your immune system will usually find the bacteria and kill them. But sometimes they will cause an infection. This is usually because it is a powerful infection or you have injected a lot of bacteria or your body can’t fight off the infection because you are unwell or your circulation isn’t very good.

Take extra care washing your hands and keep your injecting sites clean

If you are prone to infections then take extra care washing your hands and keep your injecting sites clean.

Hepatitis B: Get vaccinated

There is a vaccination against hepatitis B. All drug users and their close families should have it. If you have been vaccinated, you can’t catch hepatitis B (but you could still catch hepatitis C or HIV).

Harm reduction and needle exchange services in Tower Hamlets

Please find a list of services where you can access clean injecting equipment and return any used equipment. The services also offer harm reduction advice, referral to treatment and access to foil. You can also obtain a naloxone kit.

Needle Exchange & Naloxone Services

Ali's Pharmacy 

93 Watney Street, Stepney, E1 2QE

Monday-Friday: 9am-6pm

Saturday: 10am-5pm

Sunday: Closed

Bell Pharmacy

534 Roman Road, Bow, E3 5ES

Monday-Saturday: 8.30am-7pm

Sunday: Closed

Greenlight Pharmacy Stepney (Harford Health)

115 Harford Street, E1 4FG

Monday-Friday: 8am-7pm

Saturday: 8.30pm-2pm

Sunday: Closed 

Greenlight Pharmacy Bromley-By-Bow (St Andrews)

2 Hannaford Walk, Bromley-By-Bow, E3 3FF

Monday-Sunday: 8am-8pm

Lansbury Chemist

85 Chrisp Street, Poplar, E14 6GG

Monday-Friday: 9am-7pm

Saturday: 9am-3pm

Sunday: Closed

Lincoln Pharmacy

60 St Paul's Way, E3 4AL

Monday-Friday: 9am-7pm

Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: Closed

 Nash Pharmacy

817 Commercial Road, E14 7HG

Monday-Friday: 9am-7pm

Saturday: 9am-2pm

Sunday: Closed

RESET Outreach and Referral Service (Providence Row)

The Dellow Centre, 82 Wentworth Street, E1 7SA

Tel: 0800 802 1860


9am – 12.30pm


RESET Treatment Service

183 Whitechapel Road, E1 1DN 

Tel: 0203 889 9510

Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 9am-5pm

Wednesday: 1pm-5pm

Thursday: 9am-8pm

RESET Treatment Service

71a Johnson Street, E1 0AQ 

Tel: 0203 889 9510

Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 9am-5pm

Wednesday: 1pm-5pm

Thursday: 9am-8pm

Ambrose King Centre

(Chemsex packs only)

Royal London Hospital, Mount Terrace, E1 1BB 

Tel: 020 7377 7306 or 7307

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9am-6.30pm

Wednesday: 12pm – 6.30pm

Friday: 9am–3.30pm

Saturday: 9am–12.30pm

Sunday: Closed


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