"Especially syringe dispensing machines can provide 24h supply for sterile drug use equipment for drug users. With approximately 160 syringe dispensing machines, Germany has the largest number of syringe dispensing machines worldwide. In the year 2009, approximately 380,000 boxes with syringes, needles and accessories were dispensed in this way. Nevertheless, the syringe exchange programme is far from covering the whole of Germany – there are still no locations in six Laender. Only North Rhine-Westphalia (with about 100 dispensing machines) and Berlin (17 dispensing machines) have a well developed network."


2011 National Report to the EMCDDA by the Reitox National Focal Point: Germany: New Developments, Trends and In-Depth Information on Selected Issues - Drug Situation 2010/2011" (German Reference Centre for the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (Deutsche Beobachtungsstelle fuer Drogen und Drogensucht, DBDD), the Institute for Therapy Research (Institut fuer Therapieforschung, IFT), the Federal Centre for Health Education (Bundeszentrale fuer gesundheitliche Aufklaerung, BZgA) and the German Centre for Addiction Issues (Deutsche Hauptstelle fuer Suchtfragen, DHS)), (Lisbon, Portugal: EMCDDA, Nov. 2012), p. 159.