Syringe dispensing machine, Europe, 1990-1992

Made:
1990-1992 in Europe

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Syringe dispensing machine with six dummy cartons containing spare needles and condom with token, for use by drug
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Syringe dispensing machine with six dummy cartons containing spare needles and condom with token, for use by drug addicts to limit the spread of AIDS (HIV), (description pending).

This vending machine was the first of its kind and was aimed at preventing the spread of infections such as HIV caused by needle sharing among drug users. Machines like this were to be used if Needle Exchange Units were shut or unavailable in the area. Each user was given a special token to work the machine. The machine distributed packets containing three syringes, one condom and a new token. There is also a special section for the user to deposit used needles. Each machine cost £600.

This project was developed by Lifeline Project Limited, a day centre for drug users based in Manchester. It was founded in 1971 and now has centres across the United Kingdom.

Details

Category:
Public Health & Hygiene
Object Number:
1992-29 Pt2
Materials:
cardboard, metal (unknown), plastic (unidentified), steel (metal)
type:
dispensing machine
status:
Permanent collection

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