By their very nature, needle exchange programs require a private and secluded location. This protects the privacy of people who attend the program. So where do you find a needle exchange, without revealing your drug addiction? Below are some needle exchange resources for several worldwide locations.
There are over 1,000 needle exchange schemes in the United Kingdom, which include Drug Action Teams, pharmacies, and specialist services. The easiest way to find the location of your nearest needle exchange is to ask at your local pharmacy (who may actually have one), ask your doctor (general practitioner), or look up your local Drug Action Team in the phone book or online. You can also call the National Health Service (NHS) helpline, NHS Direct, for free, confidential information on local services and self-help resources (0845 4647).
Safe Needle Disposal
If you can't find a needle exchange program, please dispose of your used needles responsibly. Don't put them in the trash. Give them to your local pharmacy, doctor's office, or hospital, who may provide you with a sharps container. If a disposal container is not available, many U.S. states recommend using a bottle with a screw-top cap (carefully marked as containing needles). Please note that people often collect used bottles and cans to collect recycling fee refunds, so be sure to dispose of the bottle in a location unlikely to be accessed by the public, and choose a bottle that cannot be pierced and does not have a recycling refund. Soda bottles are particularly risky because they are attractive to bottle collectors.