Needle & Syringe Programme

The Needle & Syringe Programme (NSP) is a health promotion intervention grounded in the harm reduction philosophy. Through this service people who smoke or inject drugs can obtain sterile injecting equipment and other drug paraphernalia like foil at no cost to them. Service users are also offered a wide range of advice and support regarding safer drug use and safer injecting techniques, tailored to their needs.

The aim of these services is to reduce the damage associated with sharing used injecting equipment i.e. preventing the spread of HIV, HepC, vein damage, overdose, etc. The ALDP provides discreet NSP services through outreach.

Regional Information


In Dublin, the NSP programme runs from 2pm to 5pm on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. There is no fixed location, the programme is run through an outreach basis with staff on the streets of inner city Dublin. For more information or to request our staff to meet you with equipment, contact 087 712 7059.


In the Midwest, the NSP is available upon request during the Assertive Outreach which is available Monday through Friday. To arrange a meeting or for more information, call Rachel O’Donoghue on 085-1559158.

Midwest video on safer disposal of drug paraphernalia

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