Needle and Syringe Programme


The Needle and Syringe Programme is part of a wider approach to prevent and reduce drug-related harms and transmission of blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis and HIV. This is through the provision of sterile injecting equipment, specialist advice and information on treatment options, related health services and harm reduction such as safer injecting. Pharmacy needle-exchange services often have contact with injecting drug users who are not in contact with other services, therefore the community pharmacist can play a key role in supporting engagement with services, as well as to providing harm reduction advice and equipment.

The Needle and Syringe Programme is an open-access service, referrals are not necessary and non-Islington residents can access the service.

Diabetics can use the free sharps disposal service at commissioned pharmacies.


Commissioned Community Pharmacies

Apex Pharmacy (Essex Rd)

204 Essex Road, N1 3AP

Apex Pharmacy (Old St)

199 Old Street, EC1V 9NP

Apteka Chemist (Lane And Foot)

179 Seven Sisters Road, N4 3NS

Arkle Pharmacy

39 Junction Road, N19 5QU

Carters Chemist

47 Roman Way, N7 8XF

Clerkenwell Pharmacy

51 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QL

Clockwork Pharmacy

273 Caledonian Road, N1 1EF

Dermacia Pharmacy

260 Upper Street, N1 2UQ

Devs Chemist (Atchem Ltd)

110 Seven Sisters Road, N7 6AE

Douglas Pharmacy

34 Ritchie Street, N1 0DG

Highbury Pharmacy

14 Highbury Park, N5 2AB

Hornsey Road Pharmacy

84 Hornsey Road, N7 7NN

J.C Wise Chemist

518 Hornsey Road, N19 3QN

Nuchem Pharmaceuticals Ltd

159 Stroud Green Road, N4 3PZ

Savemain Pharmacy Ltd

166-168 Essex Road, N1 8LY

Superdrug Chapel Market

54-55 Chapel Market, N1 9EW

Superdrug Seven Sisters Rd

5-9 Seven Sisters Road, N7 6AJ

Turnbulls Chemist

155 Essex Road, N1 2SN

WELL (Formerly CO-OP)

11/13 Junction Road, N19 5QT

Wellcare Medical

552 Holloway Road, N7 6JP

York Pharmacy

404 York Way, N7 9LR

Eligibility criteria


  • aged 18+


  • aged <18

A person aged 17 years or under who presents to the pharmacy for the needle and syringe programme should be referred to Children’s Social Care in Islington.
t: 020 7527 5099

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Lisa Luhman, Substance Misuse Commissioning Manager, Public Health

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Review date: Thursday, 20 October 2022