Harm Reduction

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.

Help us create Harm Reduction kits at ACCKWA!
Contact the Peer Educator to find out how you can help.

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.

For more information on needle exchange and harm reduction programs:

Ontario Harm Reduction Distribution Program
The Canadian Harm Reduction Network
Waterloo Region Integrated Drug Strategy
Effectiveness of Sterile Needle and Syringe Programming in Reducing HIV/AIDS Among Injecting Drug Users

Harm Reduction in the News!