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RPS director for Scotland says closure of Scotland’s busiest needle exchange 'beggars belief'

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I commiserate with Mr MacKinnon's sentiments about the cessation of the needle exchange service in Glasgow. One of the key issues is the safe return of used needles by clients to back to community pharmacies in cities and seaside towns throughout the country. It would be insightful to find out whether there is any audited information on such returns. The above closure in Glasgow reminded me of locuming in a high street community pharmacy last October 2016. Suddenly, my staff and I were deluged by an exponential demand for needle exchange because the nearest Boots pharmacy in the East Midands abruptly ceased offering the service. Relative to the huge number of clean needles my staff and I were issuing on demand, I felt alarmed at the very low return of disposed needles by clients. In short, a sustainable needle exchange service is a two-way responsibility between clients and the issuing pharmacies.

Posted date

29 SEP 2017

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18:37

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