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Drug and alcohol misuse


The Safer Peterborough partnership is responsible for the local implementation of the National Drug Strategy and the commissioning of local services to ensure a joined up approach to tackling drugs in Peterborough.


Safer Peterborough’s vision is to develop a sustainable approach to reducing the harm caused by alcohol within the city to individuals, families and communities.

Specialist alcohol intervention treatment is provided in Peterborough by Aspire.

Discarded needles

The Safer Peterborough partnership works with needle exchanges to promote safe disposal of needles and injecting equipment in our city. Needle exchanges give out small portable needle bins to people who need them and there are a number of community needle bins to help people dispose of their injecting equipment safely.

If you have any concerns about discarded needles, call 01733 747474 and ask for the Safer Peterborough team or email

A dedicated syringe removal service operates Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, you can contact them out of hours by calling 01733 864157. Needles can be removed from private land for a nominal fee.

What to do if you find a discarded needle

Your first action should be to report it by calling 01733 747474

Do not touch a discarded needle, syringe or other injecting equipment. Children should be advised to tell a responsible adult, such as a teacher, police officer or parent as soon as possible.

What to do if you are pricked by a discarded needle

  • Do not suck the injured area.
  • Encourage bleeding if the needle has broken the skin by squeezing.
  • Wash the injured area with soap and water and cover with a plaster.
  • Seek medical advice as soon as possible, from your GP or the local Accident and Emergency department.

Needle exchange program

The needle exchange service is delivered by local pharmacies in a safe and confidential environment to those who are over the age of 18 using approved needle exchange packs and equipment. The overall aim of the service is to support individuals to reduce the potential harm from injecting drug use, both to themselves and to the local community, through the provision of clean injecting paraphernalia and harm reduction advice.

Needle exchange program providers and locations



Ali Chem Ltd

387 Lincoln Rd, Peterborough PE1 2PF

Asda (Rivergate Shopping Centre)

West Rivergate Shopping Centre, Peterborough PE1 1ET

Boots UK Ltd (Queensgate Centre)

Queensgate Centre, Peterborough PE1 1NW

Boots UK Ltd (Serpentine Green)

Unit 2 Serpentine Green, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire: PE7 8BE

Boots UK Ltd (Bretton Centre)

Bretton Centre, Bretton, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE3 8DN

City Pharmacy

50 Lincoln Rd, Peterborough PE1 2RY

Graham Young Chemist (2007) Ltd

Lincoln Rd, Peterborough PE1 3HA

Halls The Chemist

57 Napier Pl, Orton Wistow, Peterborough PE2 6XN

Lloyds Pharmacy (Orton Goldhay)

Clayton, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough PE2 5SD

Lloyds Pharmacy (Ortongate Shopping Centre)

Ortongate Shopping Centre, Peterborough PE2 5TD

Lloyds Pharmacy in Sainsburys (Bretton)

Flaxland, Bretton, Peterborough, PE3 8DA

Mi Pharmacy

127 Eastfield Rd, Peterborough PE1 4AU

Millfield Chemists

387 Lincoln Rd, Peterborough, PE1 2PF

Well (Hampton Court)

2-6 Hampton Court, Westwood, Peterborough PE3 7JA

Well (Chadburn Centre)

Chadburn Centre, Paston, Peterborough PE4 7DG

Well (Stanground Surgery)

Whittlesey Rd, Stanground, Peterborough PE2 8RB

View a map of needle exchange locations in Peterborough online.

If you find drug-related litter call 01733 747474 and press option 3.

You can call Crimestoppers anonymously to report drug-related activity on 0800 555 1111.

People should report any suspicious activity in their neighbourhoods to the police by calling 101 so that we can tackle supply and dealing of drugs as well as providing treatment and support to reduce drug use.

  • FRANK - confidential and friendly advice on drugs
  • Aspire - drug treatment service