Needle and syringe program

If you inject drugs there are outlets in the Northern Territory (NT) where you can get sterile injecting equipment and safely dispose of your used equipment.

This is called the Northern Territory Needle and Syringe Program. 

Sterile injecting equipment is available wherever you see the Needle and Syringe Program logo below.

Northern Territory Needle and Syringe Program logo 

The program helps to prevent the spread of blood borne viruses and other harms caused by injecting drug use as well as giving information, support and referral services to people who inject drugs. 

There are three different types of outlets, listed below. 

To find your closest outlet, see the map of Needle and Syringe Program outlets in the NT.

Primary outlets

Primary outlets provide sterile injecting equipment for free.

These outlets provide a broad range of sterile injecting equipment, information, support and referral services, and facilities for disposing of used injecting equipment.  

There are three primary outlets in Darwin, Palmerston and Alice Springs.

They are managed by the Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council

Secondary outlets

Secondary outlets provide sterile injecting equipment for free.

These outlets provide a limited range of sterile injecting equipment and disposal facilities.

There are ten secondary outlets in the NT. 

They are located at:

Pharmacy-based outlets

Pharmacy based outlets charge a small fee for sterile injecting equipment.

They provide a limited range of equipment. Some also have disposal facilities.

There are 15 pharmacy based outlets in the NT. They are in Darwin, Palmerston and the rural area, Alice Springs, Katherine and Nhulunbuy.


For more information contact the Senior Policy Advisor, Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses, Centre for Disease Control:

David Decolongon
Phone: (08) 8922 8538

Last updated: 28 November 2017