Needle Exchange/Distribution Programs

Programs that help prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS and other blood borne infectious diseases by providing new, sterile syringes and other sterile injection supplies to needle users in exchange for used ones; or which sell new hypodermic needles and syringes to high risk individuals who have a prescription or, in jurisdictions where it is permitted, without a prescription.

 

Services

 

Program based on Outpatient Harm Reduction Model including

Offers a place to eat, drink, and rest.

  • restroom access
  • hygiene supplies
  • free clothing including socks and underwear
  • harm reduction supplies
  • referrals to social supports and housing

Provide services to those in Hamilton that are street involved to help reduce barriers preventing them from accessing important health care services.

Services include:

Provides information, counselling, and programs on alcohol, drugs, and gambling.

Services include:

Offers free information and materials necessary to practice safer drug use and safer sex.  Provides referrals to other sources within the community regarding social services, drug and alcohol treatment centers, social workers, housing and welfare.  Provides education in harm reduction, associated

Van Hamilton Mobile Site.  A free and confidential service that travels anywhere in Hamilton and is available at a requested meeting spot.  A mobile van will deliver new needles and harm reduction supplies, and receive for safe disposal any used harm reduction supplies upon request. 

Offers free, on-call delivery of unused needles, condoms, and other harm reduction supplies, to people who use substances by injection and/or inhalation.  Service users are encouraged to return used needles for disposal.

Temporary supervised injection site that operates as a lifeguard station for intravenous drug use. The site provides a safe environment, harm reduction supplies and immediate support in the case of an overdose. It is an anonymous service, clients do not have to self-identify.

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