Although we thought we had said goodbye and good-riddens to retractable needles and syringes when the previous Commonwealth Government pilots of these devices failed back in 2005, we are unfortunately having to fight this fight all over again with a new device being sold through pharmacies in Queensland and Victoria.
To find out more about what is happening and what AIVL is doing on this issue please check out the links below.
- Briefing on Retractable Needle & Syringes – AIVL 2010 (PDF, 120 KB)
- Information for NSP workers & IDU Peers: Spring-Loaded Syringes in Pharmacies – AIVL & ANEX 2010 (PDF, 98 Kb)
- Media Release: Drug Users Record a Win on Retractable Syringes – AIVL 2005 (PDF, 20 Kb)
- Evaluation of the Retractable Needle & Syringe Technology Initiative – DoHA 2005 (PDF, 1.3 Mb)
To read more about retractable syringes from an international perspective check out the following link.
Below are examples showing the difference in appearance and design between a standard 1 ml syringe and the newly available retractable syringes. We have provided these so people are able to easily identify the retractable syringes if they are ever supplied to them.
If you would like more information or to discuss the issue of retractable needles & syringes with AIVL, please contact the AIVL office at firstname.lastname@example.org