Needle Syringe Program
The Needle Syringe Program at the Health Unit offers people who inject drugs a free and confidential service.
People can take new, single use equipment for injection drug use.
The single use equipment options are:
- Alcohol Swabs
- Needles for Injection Drug Use
- Sharps Containers
- Steroid Injection
All Smart Works sites encourage safe disposal of used needles. People can bring their needles back to any of the Smart Works sites, or in the needle return black boxes. The black boxes are located outside the Brockville, Gananoque, Smiths Falls and Almonte Health Unit sites, as well as in Lower Reach Park in Smiths Falls (main parking lot off Jasper Avenue).
Safer Inhalation Program (SIP)
The Safer Inhalation Program is a part of the Smart Works program at the Health Unit. This program provides equipment to people who smoke their drugs, such as crack cocaine or crystal meth.
Why Do We Provide This Program?
Research shows that people who smoke illicit drugs have an increased risk of contracting HIV, Hepatitis C and other bacterial infections and viruses. (Best Practice Recommendations, 2013).
All Services are FREE and CONFIDENTIAL.
Safer Crack Smoking Resources
Ontario Harm Reduction Distribution Program;
Education and Information
Our Smart Works sites have public health nurses available to provide education and resources to people who use drugs. People can find resources on Hepatitis C, HIV, safer sex, overdose prevention, safer injecting, and referrals to other community agencies.
Referrals and Counselling
Some of the referral services we can provide to people who use substances are:
- First aid treatment
- Vaccination referrals
- Hepatitis C and HIV testing and counselling
- Primary health care
- Methadone maintenance treatment
- Revive Program (Naloxone kits)
- Mental health and social services
If you would like more information about our Harm Reduction program, you can email us at: email@example.com or call the Health ACTION Line at 1-800-660-5853 and ask for Harm Reduction.
Best Practice Recommendations for Canadian Harm Reduction Programs that Provide Service to People Who Use Drugs and are at Risk for HIV, HCV, and Other Harms: Part 1. Toronto, ON: Working Group on Best Practice for Harm Reduction Programs in Canada. 2013.