The provision of injecting equipment aims to protect individual and public health by reducing the incidence of blood-borne infection and drug-related deaths amongst service users by:

  • providing sterile injecting equipment and related paraphernalia
  • reducing the rate of sharing and other high-risk injecting behaviours
  • promoting safer injecting practices
  • providing and reinforcing harm reduction messages including safe sex advice and advice on overdose prevention

It also aims to protect the health of local communities by preventing the spread of blood-borne infections by providing safe disposal facilities for used injecting equipment and to help patients who use the service to access other health, voluntary and social care services where appropriate.

Injecting Equipment is provided in Fife by 19 community pharmacies and in at least 10 other locations by Addaction.

Full details of services provided by Addaction can be found here

Resources:

Information and support are available from:

Elizabeth Hutchings

Specialist Pharmacist in Substance Misuse

elizabeth.hutchings@nhs.net

01383 565346

 

Gareth Balmer

Project Manager, Addaction Fife

Gareth.Balmer@addaction.org.uk

01333 433636

 

Sheila Dall

Ordering Equipment

sheila.dall@nhs.net

Karen Welsh

Transaction Data & Neo

karenwelsh1@nhs.net

Helen Coulter

Training & Support

helencoulter@nhs.net

Ashley Paterson

Stock Issues

ashley.paterson@nhs.net

 

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