Drug safety

Drug safety

Safe Space program

A Safe Space is in place at Sydney Square to help vulnerable young people who may be intoxicated or affected by drugs on Friday and Saturday nights.

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Information and support

Improving the safety of the local community, as well as the safety of people who use drugs, is important to the City of Sydney.

Harm minimisation

The City supports a 'harm minimisation' approach to drug use. While wiping out drug use may be the ideal, it isn't realistic, given that Sydney has some of the biggest markets for illegal drugs in Australia.

This approach focuses on minimising the harm drug use causes to the community and to the user. The community is at risk, for example, when drug users turn to crime to support their habit. Users are at risk of overdose, for example.

Sydney is home to the only medically supervised injecting centre in Australia and the City supports such initiatives. We also advocate for health and rehabilitation services to help stop drug users becoming trapped in the crime cycle.

Local governments are uniquely positioned to address drug harm with key partners because the impacts of drug use are felt at a community level the most. Councils can also respond to specific problems more swiftly than other levels of government.

Syringe management

Safe needle disposal is important for drug users and many other people in the local community who need sharps to treat chronic conditions, such as diabetes.

Library resources

Our library catalogue contains all our titles regarding drug and alcohol safety. Also try the Consumer Health Complete online database, which presents information in plain English. Enter your library card number without any spaces to access the database.

Local contacts

Information on safe drug use, health issues and more is available from these organisations.

Alcohol and Drug Information Service24 hours, 7 days a week
02 9361 8000

Kirketon Road CentreVictoria Street (above the fire station)
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
02 9360 2766

Medical Supervised Injecting Centre66 Darlinghurst Road
Kings Cross NSW 2011
02 9360 1191

Sydney Local Health District
Level 11, KGV Building
Missenden Road
Campberdown NSW 2050
02 9515 9600


Alcohol and Drug Information Service Alcohol and Drug FoundationKirketon Road Centre

Last updated: Tuesday, 26 May 2020