ACCKWA’s Harm Reduction department provides programs and services to reduce the risk of HIV/HCV transmission among people who use substances. Our services embrace a harm reduction philosophy; “any program or policy designed to reduce drug-related harm without requiring the cessation of drug use” (CAMH).
Our services are not in opposition to treatment or abstinence programming; we offer options to bridge the gaps in the continuum of care, recognizing that people who use drugs are at an elevated risk for HIV and Hepatitis C infection. Harm reduction meets people where they’re at, emphasizes their autonomy, and trusts them as experts in their own experience.
Our free and confidential harm reduction services:
- Safepoint needle syringe program at our Main Office
- Safepoint needle syringe programs at our satellite sites: 150 Main St., Cambridge and St John’s Kitchen
- Naloxone distribution
- We provide a non-judgmental atmosphere where people can get new safer injection/inhalation supplies and return their used equipment
- Delivery of harm reduction supplies as well as returns pick-up. To arrange a delivery of supplies or to have your returns picked up, call 519-221-1402. Please note, we cannot guarantee same day delivery and may need 24-48 hrs notice to arrange this.
- Workshops about HIV, harm reduction, and safer substance use.
Harm Reduction supplies are also accessible through Region of Waterloo Public Health and the Sanguen Community Health Van
If you find a needle:
If you find a needle, contact Region of Waterloo Bylaw at (519) 575-4591. If you are comfortable disposing of the needle yourself, you can find the proper steps here.