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The ending of a needle exchange service at Boots' main Belfast branch will be "a loss to the city", campaigners say. The pharmacy giant is withdrawing the service from 1 November, blaming fears for staff safety after anti-social behaviour by users of the service.


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The programme has been in place for the past decade and has been used by thousands of injecting drug addicts who handed in used needles, which were safely disposed of, and received new ones. The pharmacy giant has confirmed the service will stop on November 1 but will continue in seven other Boots stores across the north.

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The purpose of needle exchanges is to reduce drug related harm and prevent transmission of blood borne viruses.

If you use clean and sterile equipment, and do not share with others, you can greatly reduce your chances of becoming infected with Hepatitis C or HIV. By disposing of your used equipment safely at an exchange you are helping to reduce risks for others who may come into contact with discarded equipment.

Home Needle Exchange - Boots Pharmacy. Needle Exchange - Boots Pharmacy The purpose of needle exchanges is to reduce drug related harm and prevent transmission of blood borne viruses.

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