Satellite Needle Syringe Program
Research indicates that women are more likely than men to share and borrow needles and are more frequently introduced to injection drugs by partners, who control the materials and drugs used. This power imbalance puts women at increased risk for HIV and other blood borne infections. Providing a women-centred harm reduction program to women in Windsor-Essex County will help to increase health outcomes for women at risk of HIV infection in our community.
In March of 2016, Welcome Centre Shelter for Women launched a pilot program to become a Needle Syringe Program (NSP) satellite site in partnership with the AIDS Committee of Windsor. The NSP at the Welcome Shelter is open seven days a week 8AM to 8PM to all women in the community. The Welcome Centre offers the following harm reduction materials:
- Safer inhalation kits
Safer injection kits (1cc & 3cc 27G .)
Condoms (insertive, male, and flavoured)
Women accessing the NSP at the shelter can get a maximum combination of five kits from the 1cc injection, 3cc injection, and safer inhalation kits.