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We are an independent public health unit funded by the Ministry of Health. Our primary purpose is to prevent the spread of Blood-Borne Viruses (BBV´s) such as HIV/AIDS, Hep B and Hep C, amongst Injecting Drug Users (IDU). We also work with other skin piercers, such as tattooists & steroid users.

CONFIDENTIALITY
ADIO regards confidentiality as the cornerstone of our service. Injecting drug use is an illegal activity and therefore our effective operation depends upon a high standard of confidentiality. This standard applies across all our services, whether it be with drug users, health professionals, or the wider community.

NEEDLE EXCHANGE
ADIO is authorised by the Ministry of Health to distribute clean injecting equipment and to collect and safely dispose of used equipment. The safe disposal of injecting equipment is critical in protecting the wider community from the spread of blood borne viruses through needle stick injury from discarded needles and syringes.

EDUCATION
We also provide a range of resources and information related to reducing the harm associated with drug use and preventing the spread of blood borne viruses. Information on the safe use of equipment and where to access this equipment in other parts of NZ is also available. Resources and information on other health services available to our clients are also provided, along with information on treatment options. We also offer one on one advice for our service users, dealing with a range of personal issues, technique / injection and health related problems, along with other educational or practical issues. This close contact with our client base also enables us to identify and liaise effectively with organisations that they may use on a regular, or occasional basis.

WIDER COMMUNITY
We also work in the wider community. This can range from giving talks on our service to other organisations or community groups, collecting used equipment, offering advice to friends and family of drug users, or providing information on reducing the spread of blood borne viruses. ADIO works with parks and council contractors to reduce used injecting equipment from being discarded or found in public places.

NATIONAL BODY
ADIO is one of 19 stand-alone needle exchanges and approximately 200 pharmacies offering needle exchange in NZ. We provide an Outlet Directory which lists these needle exchange programmes and the level of service they offer. Each of the needle exchanges in NZ is a member of NENZ – Needle Exchange New Zealand. NENZ coordinates the effective operation of pharmacy outlets, collection and destruction of sharps, and supports best service delivery and availability for IDU in NZ. Further information on NENZ, needle exchange, and injecting drug related information, see www.needle.co.nz, or phone 03 366 9403.

EQUIPMENT
We provide a range of equipment for exchange or purchase, including:
STANDARD ONE-USE SYRINGES – in a range of sizes and gauges.
FILTERS – to remove objects and bacteria from drug solutions.
STERILE WATER – to avoid bacteria in drug solutions.
ALCOHOL SWABS – for cleaning of injection sites, spoons and surfaces.
CONDOMS AND LUBE – for safer sex practices.
CANISTERS – for the safe storage and return of used equipment.
This equipment is provided to reduce the spread of blood borne viruses, and in turn reduce the harm associated with injecting. DISPOSAL We also arrange for the safe destruction of used equipment, and can provide our services to other organisations or individuals who may come into contact with used injecting equipment.

IF YOU DISCOVER USED INJECTING EQUIPMENT, PLEASE PHONE US ON 09 356 7373 OR 021 32 44 89 AND WE WILL ARRANGE FOR SAFE REMOVAL AND DISPOSAL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Needle Exchange has been an effective strategy in preventing the spread of blood borne viruses for over twenty years.