Our core values include:
- A non-judgmental approach to program delivery that treats everyone with compassion and respect, regardless of circumstance and condition.
- Program delivery focused on enhancing the quality of life for individuals and communities alike.
- Empowering substance users to be the primary agents in reducing the harms of their substance use.
- Commitment to defending universal human rights.
- Program delivery that recognizes the complex social factors that influence vulnerability to substance use and substance related harm, including poverty, social inequality, discrimination and trauma.
Needle Syringe Program (NSP)
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
- Alcohol swabs, sterile water and filters
- Condoms and lubricant
*The above is also subject to availability based on supply and demand.
**The following service users may access naloxone from the NSP. (1) Individuals who are at risk of opioid overdose; (2) Friends and family members of individuals at risk of opioid overdose; (3) Newly released inmates at risk of opioid overdose.
Contactless mobile deliveries direct to service users and to all distribution sites throughout Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent is available. Service users requiring NSP supplies can contact us in the following ways:
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.
Tips to Reduce Risks
- Use sterile unused needles and equipment every time to reduce the incidence of infection.
- Do not throw away needles in the trash. Use a sharps container to dispose of needles after each use (disposal is free at all locations). Also, be on the lookout in your community for disposal bins.
- HIV & HEP C are carried in the blood stream. Although treatment is available there is still no cure for either. Be informed and do not share used needles.
- Substance abuse can lead to impaired decision making with regards to sexual practices. HIV can be passed during condom less sex. Condoms are available for free at some locations.
- Educational materials are available on a variety of harm reduction tips.