Harm Reduction/Outreach Program
Sharing of drug injection and drug inhalation equipment can result in the transmission of HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.
Harm reduction practice recognizes that a certain percentage of the population will use drugs and the goal is to reduce the harm that might result from drug use. Harm reduction decreases the adverse health, social and economic consequences of substance use, for the user and the community, without requiring abstinence.
For more information, to book a workshop or to make an appointment please call the Harm Reduction Outreach Coordinator, Natalie Basaraba at 519-763-2255 ext. 151.
The Harm Reduction and Outreach program provides services to individuals and groups through Community Outreach, the Stay Sharp Needle Exchange Program, Counselling, Practical Support and Education for Safer Sex and Safer Drug Use Information.
Please note that effective immediately, Cash-A-Cheque in Guelph is no longer providing harm reduction supplies.
Supplies may still be accessed at AIDS Committee of Guelph at 115-89 Dawson Road in Guelph and also through the Sexual Health Clinic at 20 Shelldale Crescent in Guelph. There is also a self-serve supply cupboard at Guelph Community Health Clinic at 176 Wyndham Street North on the second floor.
Harm Reduction Outreach staff and peer workers provide harm reduction supplies and HIV prevention education to a variety of populations at the Drop in Centres, Shelters and on the streets of downtown Guelph.
Delivery day is currently Thursday evenings. Please call the outreach phone at 519-994-5419 before 5 pm to place your order.
The Harm Reduction program operates the free and confidential Stay Sharp Needle Exchange program on behalf of Wellington/Dufferin Public Health during regular office hours. We supply new syringes, filters, alcohol swabs, tourniquets, cookers, vitamin C, abscess kits and safe drug inhalation materials as well as information and referrals to reduce the spread of HIV and Hepatitis B and C through injection and inhaled drug use. We also receive used needles for safe disposal.
The Harm Reduction Outreach Coordinator provides a safe, supportive and non-judgmental environment for individuals involved with substance use and associated issues. Referrals can be made to appropriate treatment programs and community service providers to assist individuals with achieving their goals.
Individuals with substance use issues encounter stigma on a daily basis. At times practical support such as advocacy on behalf of the client with other service providers may assist clients with better accessing services to benefit their health and wellness.
The Harm Reduction Outreach Coordinator provides education to individuals, groups and community service organizatons regarding safer sex practices and safer drug use which reduces the transmission of STIs, HIV and Hepatitis C.