Needle Exchange is a drop-in service that provides the following for free:
- cookers, alcohol swabs, filters, tourniques, Vitamin C and sterile water
- sharps containers
- condoms and lubricant
- hepatitis A, B, C and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) information
- counselling and treatment referrals
Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Perth District Health Unit
Festival Square Location
10 Downie Street, 2nd Floor
Phone: 519-271-7600 extension 779
What is Needle Exchange?
Needle exchange programs:
- provide new injection equipment to promote the safer injection and inhalation of drugs.
- provide sterile injection equipment to reduce the chance of developing abscesses and infections which may lead to costly medical expenses and poor health outcomes.
- connect clients with health services staff and allow for open, non-judgmental conversations.
Contact between staff and needle exchange clients can contribute to stabilizing or improving the client’s general health and drug use.
What is Harm Reduction?
- aims to reduce the negative health, social and economic consequences that may result from the use of legal and illegal drugs, without necessarily reducing drug use.
- acknowledges there will always be some people who choose to use drugs and that there is no one solution to the problem of drugs in society.
- ensures that people who use drugs are treated with respect and without stigma.
- focuses on decreasing the harms related to drug use through education, prevention and treatment.
- minimizes the potential harmful effects of drug use to both the user and the community through a needle exchange program.