Needle exchange and harm reduction
Harm reduction services
Harm reduction promotes ‘safer’ drug use. There are now a number of services in Tower Hamlets that provide sterile needles and syringes as well as providing advice on safer injecting and a full range of harm reduction advice and support including access to health screening, immunisation and sexual health 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
- filters, or
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.
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
Reset Treatment Service
Monday, Wednesday & Fri 9.30am-5.30pm
Saturday 10am-2pm, Sun closed
Mile End Hospital
Bancroft Road, E1 4DG
T: 020 8121 5301
Reset Outreach and Referral Service
Monday-Friday 9.30am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-3.30pm
The Dellow Centre
82 Wentworth Street,
T: 0800 802 1860
In addition to the above services, needle exchange is also available at:
Thursday-Friday 8am- 8pm,
60 St Paul’s Way,
T: 020 7538 0817
Cubitt Town Pharmacy
143 Manchester Road,
T: 020 7987 1487
93 Watney Street,
T: 020 7790 9150
534 Roman Road,
T: 020 8980 8853