Harm Reduction – Key Activities

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 distributes the following supplies:

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

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

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Naloxone Kits

Naxlone kits are offered through the Ontario Naloxone Program (ONP). 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.The following people may access naloxone from the ACW.

  • Individuals who are at risk of opioid overdose;
  • Friends and family members of individuals at risk of opioid overdose; and
  • Newly released inmates at risk of opioid overdose.

Safe Sharps Disposal

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

Community Disposal Bins are located at various locations in Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent.

Mobile Outreach

Our Harm Reduction staff provides weekly 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

 

Addresses listed below and depicted on the maps are simply for routing purposes and may not reflect actual distribution locations.

WINDSOR

Wednesday

Hours: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

(Order by Monday)

  • Welcome Shelter (263 Bridge Avenue)
  • Drouillard Road & Metcalfe Street
  • Airport Road & Walker Road

LEAMINGTON & KINGSVILLE

Thursday

Hours: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

(Order by Tuesday)

  • Leamington Lodge
  • John Street & Queens Avenue.
  • Talbot Street West & Fuller Avenue.

CHATHAM-KENT

Friday

Hours: 11:00am – 3:00pm

(Order by Wednesday)

  • W.I.S.H. Centre, Chatham-Kent
  • Talbot Street West & Marlborough Street North, Blenheim
  • Erie Street South & Main Street East, Ridgetown
  • Longwoods Road & Victoria Road, Thamesville
  • McNaughton & Dufferin Avenue, Wallaceburg

To place an order for harm reduction supplies to be delivered during outreach call (519) 257-9646 or email harmreduction@aidswindsor.org.

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