Like all health units in Ontario, the Huron County Health Unit offers a needle exchange program at several sites across the county.
Needle exchange programs help ensure that injection drug users have access to sterile injection equipment to prevent transmission of HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and other blood-borne infections and diseases.
This approach is known as a harm reduction strategy and is proven across the world, Canada and Ontario to be effective in reducing the spread of disease. It is also proven to reduce the number of needles discarded in the community.
The health unit distributes thousands of free needles a month to injection drug users from Huron County. More sites are scheduled to be opened in 2014. Used needles are returned to the needle exchange sites.
The current active site is in Seaforth.
Call the health unit for more information: 519-482-3416
If you are an injection drug user from anywhere in Huron County, you can drop by and bring in used needles and syringes, and pick-up sterile needles and/or syringes. Please keep used needles and syringes in a closed puncture proof container such as a plastic water bottle.
At the clinic you can get
- Sharps Containers
- Alcohol swabs
- Sterile water
- Cotton filters
- Vitamin C
- Educational Resources
For more information call us at 519-482-3416 or toll free 1-877-837-6143. Ask to speak to a sexual health nurse on the Sexual Health team.