Retractable Needles and Syringes have previously been investigated for use within injecting drug user populations in Australia. Although in theory they seem a good idea to reduce needle stick injury and re-use, in practice there are concerns the fail to provide the safe guards we would expect from such a product. For this reason, several key players with-in the Harm Reduction workforce have come together to try and gather accurate and useful information on what is happening in the real world, where these retractable Needles and Syringes are being given out for use by injecting drug users.
If you have ever used a retractable needle and Syringe, and have a couple minutes spare we would appreciate you filling out this short survey and assisting us to gather accurate information to assist us to better address the needs of injecting drug users.
Any information you provide will be anonymous, and all unidentified information will be stored on a password protected computer.
For further information please check out the Retractable Needle and Syringes section of our website
Retractable Syringe Use In Australia – Survey
Have you used a retractable syringe to inject drugs?
How many times have you used a retractable syringe and why?
Did you purchase the retractable syringes from a pharmacy?
If purchased from a pharmacy, which one?
If you did not purchase them from a pharmacy, where did you get them?
When using them, did you retract the needle?
Where did you retract the needle?
While still inside the body or vein
Outside the body or vein
Did you experience any of the following?
Needing assistance to inject
Loss of drug
Did you notice any blood splatter when you retracted the needle?
What was your overall impression of retractable syringes? (Positive, Neutral, Negative) and why?