Harm Reduction – Key Activities

Practical Assistance

Practical Assistance varies from year to year and depends on population specific needs and the availability of resources. For this fiscal year, the following programs/services are available:

Needle Syringe Program (NSP)

The NSP works diligently to meet individuals where they are at, rather than making judgments about where they should be in terms of personal health and lifestyle. The program provides education surrounding wound and abscess care, safer injection information and risk reduction strategies. The NSP also provides the following resource distribution services:

  • Sterile unused needles
  • Safe inhalation kits
  • Sharps containers
  • Used needle disposal
  • Ties and cookers
  • Swabs, sterile water and filters
  • Condoms and lubricant

Please note that the above is also subject to availability based on supply and demand.

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Community Programming

Safe Sharps Desposal

In an effort to improve public health and safety, individuals seeking information regarding how to properly dispose of discarded sharps (syringes, needles, etc.) are encouraged to check out the “I Found A Needle. SO WHAT?” resource.

Naloxone Program

The Naloxone Program is offered in partnership with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit and Chatham-Kent Public Health. The program focuses on mitigating health risks associated to drug use by empowering opioid users, their friends and family to recognize the signs of overdose, learn how to administer Naloxone and ultimately, save lives.

Mobile Outreach

Our compassionate team of Harm Reduction staff provides weekly harm reduction community outreach services to predetermined locations within Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent. During outreach community members can access:

  • Needle Syringe services (as listed in the NSP section)

  • Informal health and risk reduction counseling

  • Information and referral services

WINDSOR

Wednesday

Hours: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

(Order by Monday)

LEAMINGTON & KINGSVILLE

Thursday

Hours: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

(Order by Tuesday)

CHATHAM-KENT

Friday

Hours: 11:00am – 3:00pm

(Order by Wednesday)

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