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Harm Reduction Supplies and Supports

Contents of safe injection kit.

HKPR Health Unit is committed to promoting awareness around safe supplies to enable individuals to make informed decisions that prioritize their well-being and the safety of those around them.

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Important information about a recent toxic supply event in Northumberland County.

Harm Reduction Supplies

HKPR District Health Unit provides access to harm reduction supplies and services that can help prevent the spread of infections and diseases.

Harm reduction supplies are tools designed to minimize the negative effects associated with substance use. These supplies are provided to support safer practices and reduce the risks of infections, overdoses, and other harms. Common harm reduction supplies include:

  • New equipment – personal disposal bins, needles, pipes, spoons, ties, filters, swabs, water, and Vitamin C.
  • Drug Testing Kits for Benzodiazepines, Fentanyl and Xylazine. 
  • Testing information on HIV, Hepatitis C, and sexually transmitted infections (STI’s).
  • Information on safer sex, pregnancy, free condoms, lube and dental dams.

For more information about the specific harm reductions supplies available from the Health Unit check out the Kits information in the drop down menus below. Also please note that the Health Unit provides free sexual health clinics and appointments can be booked online.

You can pick-up safe supplies such as: needle kits, inhalation kits and crystal meth kits at an HKPR District Health Unit office location, or from community based organizations sites. Safe supply pick up locations are called Needle Exchange Sites.

HKPR District Health Unit Office locations:

Port Hope
200 Rose Glen Road, Port Hope
P: 1-866-888-4577

Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed on statutory holidays.

Lindsay
108 Angeline Street South, Lindsay
P: 1-866-888-4577

Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed on statutory holidays.

Haliburton Office
191 Highland Street, Unit 301, Haliburton
P: 1-866-888-4577

Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but closed to the public daily from 10-10:15 a.m., 1-2 p.m. and 3-3:15 p.m.

Crystal Meth Kit Contents:

  • 1 Bowl pipe
  • 4 Alcohol swabs
  • 4 x 2 inch mouth pieces

At HKPR district Health unit, we offer 3 types of drug testing kits.

  • Benzodiazepine Drug Test Kits are available through outreach to help you understand what is in your drug supply.
  • Fentanyl Drug Test Kits are available through outreach to help you understand what is in your drug supply.
  • Xylazine Drug Test Kits are available through outreach to help you understand what is in your drug supply.

Inhalation Kit Contents:

  • 2 Glass stems
  • 5 Brass screens
  • 2 Push sticks
  • 4 Alcohol swabs
  • 4 x 2 inch Mouth pieces

 

Short Needle Kit Contents:

  •  1 Package of 30g syringes
  • 2 Tourniquets
  • 10 Sterile water
  • 2 Filters
  • 10 Cookers
  • 20 Alcohol Swabs

 Long Needle Kit Contents:

  • 1 Package of 29g syringes
  • 2 Tourniquets
  • 10 Sterile water
  • 2 Filters
  • 10 Cookers
  • 20 Alcohol Swabs

Wound Care Kit Contents

  • 5 Standard Band-Aids
  • 5 (2"x4") Band-Aids 
  • 4 Gauze Pads (2"x2") 
  • 4 Gauze Pads (4"x4") 
  • 1 Roll of Medical Tape 
  • 3 Sterile Water Tubes (9 ml) 
  • 4 Loris BZK Hand Sanitizer Wipes 
  • 4 Latex Free Gloves 
  • 1 Care of Abscess Wound Guide 

Please contact your local Needle Syringe Program site to check if they carry these.

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Harm Reduction Supports

The Health Unit and community partners offer essential harm reduction supports ready to provide assistance with substance use.

Needle Syringe Program

The Needle Syringe Program (NSP) helps reduce the harms associated with substance use. Needle syringe sites and disposal bins provide safe and anonymous access to sterile injection and inhalation equipment, and safe disposal for used equipment.  

Call mobile outreach at PARN, 705-559-0656, for information about safe needle clean-up or to arrange needle pick-up and disposal. Personal needle disposal bins are also available for pick-up at the Health Unit and other at other Needle Exchange Sites.  

How to safely pick up a discarded needle:

  1. Use tongs or puncture resistant gloves.
  2. Hold the needle tip away from you.
  3. Put the needle into a sharps container or plastic container with a lid.
  4. Do not put the container in the garbage or recycling bin.

If you are looking at getting a Needle Disposal Bin installed at your location, please call the Harm Reduction department at 1-866-888-4577 ext. 5401

 

When looking to safely dispose of needles, bowls, pipes, and stems, we ask that you use a Needle Disposal Bin. The Bins help reduce accidental contact with used needles and other harm reduction supplies. Personal Needle Disposal Bins can be carried with you or stored at a personal location to dispose of used needles and are available for pick up at the Health Unit and at Needle Syringe sites.  

Community Needle Disposal Bins are large disposal units at fixed locations and can be used to dispose of used equipment, or used to dispose of personal disposal bins that are full and are available 24 hours a day. 

If you are looking at getting a Needle Disposal Bin installed at your location, please call the Harm Reduction department at 1-866-888-4577 ext. 5401

Mobile Outreach

The Mobile Outreach providers deliver harm reduction materials, safe supplies and provide access to needle disposal to people who use drugs.

John Howard Society
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm (closed from 12-1)

Tayler Sanderson, Health Outreach Counsellor/Facilitator
Call or text: 705-340-3121 
Email: tsanderson@jhscklh.on.ca

PARN
Hours: Monday to Friday

Matt Perrin, Harm Reduction Outreach Worker
Call or text: 705-559-6328
Email: matt@parn.ca

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John Howard Society
Hours: Tuesday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm

Natasha James, Harm Reduction & Crisis Coordinator  
Call or text: 705-340-0228 
Email: njames@jhscklh.on.ca

PARN
Hours: Monday, Thursday and Friday

Nichola Davies, Harm Reduction Outreach Worker
Call or text: 705-559-0272
Email: nichola@parn.ca

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Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) Clinics

Provide quick access to care for addiction issues, including assessments, counselling and prescriptions for medications that may help with lessening cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Clinics will also help patients to navigate access to other addiction services in the community and provide support through transitions.

Haliburton Highland Mental Health Services 705-286-4575

14 IGA Rd. Suite 201 Heritage Plaza, Minden ON

Northumberland Hills Hospital 905-377-9891

1011 Elgin St. West, Suite 200 (2nd floor), Cobourg ON

Ross Memorial Hospital 705-328-6064

10 Angeline St. North, Lindsay ON

Emergency Care Services

Call 9-1-1 or contact a hospital nearest you if you are in need of emergency care.

Campbellford Memorial Hospital 705-653-1140

146 Oliver Rd, Campbellford ON K0L 1L0

Haliburton Highlands Health Services 705-457-1392

7199 Gelert Road, Haliburton ON K0M 1S0

Northumberland Hills Hospital 905-372-6811

1000 DePalma Dr, Cobourg ON K9A 5W6

Ross Memorial Hospital 705-324-6111

10 Angeline St N, Lindsay ON K9V 4M8

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