ACCKWA’s Harm Reduction Department provides programs and services to reduce the risk of HIV/HCV transmission among people who use substances as well as overdose prevention in response to the drug poisoning crisis. 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 site: 150 Main St., Cambridge
- Naloxone Distribution Program
- Delivery of harm reduction supplies as well as pick-up of returns. To arrange a delivery, call 519-221-1402. Please note, we require 24-48 hrs notice to arrange this
- Outreach to Cambridge encampments and multiple Kitchener locations
- For Harm Reduction services to rural locations in the Region, call 519-635-3441
- 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.