What is Gear Works?

Gear works is a harm reduction program that:

  • Provides needle exchange and new sterile equipment to promote the safer injection and inhalation of drugs.
  • Connects clients with health services staff and allows for open, non-judgmental conversations.

Gear works is a drop-in service that provides the following for free:

  • Needles, syringes, meth pipes, crack kits
  • Cookers, alcohol swabs, filters, tourniquets, Vitamin C, and sterile water
  • Sharps containers
  • Condoms and lubricant

You can pick up Gear Works supplies at any of the locations listed here. You do not need an appointment, just drop in during the times listed below.

Used needles

Please keep any used needles and syringes in a closed, puncture-proof plastic container.

For a list of locations where you can drop off used needles see: Safe Disposal of Needles.

Where can you get Gear Works supplies?


Perth District Health Unit  (ask at reception)

10 Downie Street, 2nd Floor – Festival Square

653 West Gore Street

  • Monday to Friday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at both locations (Festival Square location closed 12:00 to 1:00 pm some days, depending on staff availability)

The Local Community Food Centre (ask at Peer Advocacy office)

612 Erie Street

  • Monday: 3:00 to 6:00 pm
  • Wednesdays and Fridays: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

West End Pharmacy (ask at pharmacy counter)

426 Huron Street

  • Monday to Friday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 am to 10:00 am


Perth District Health Unit (ask at reception)

135 Main Street East, Unit 103, back of Ward and Uptigrove building

  • Fridays: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Pharmasave (ask at pharmacy counter)

130 Argyle Avenue North

  • Monday to Friday: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
  • Saturday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Testing and Supports

The Sexual Health Clinic offers testing and supports including:

  • Free confidential testing for Hepatitis C and sexually transmitted infections including Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Information on hepatitis A, B, C and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Counselling and treatment referrals

Sexual Health Clinic

Call 519-271-7600 or 1-877-271-7348 extension 779.


Perth District Health Unit

Festival Square, 10 Downie Street, 2nd Floor

  • Tuesday: 2 to 4 pm (drop-in) and 5 to 7 pm (by appointment)
  • Thursday: 11 am to 2 pm (drop-in)


Perth District Health Unit

135  Main Street East, Unit 103 (back of Ward and Uptigrove building)

  • Friday: 9 am to 2 pm (drop in)
  • Friday: 10 am to 12 pm (appointment)

For more information on clinics and services offered see: Sexual Health Clinics

Looking for help?

Drug and Alcohol Help Line

Call 1-800-565-8603

  • Free and confidential support for people experiencing problems with alcohol, drugs, mental health, or gambling.

Addiction Supports and Resources in Perth County and Surrounding Areas

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