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Needle Exchange

The Needle Exchange Program (NEP) is a part of the Northwestern Health Unit Harm Reduction Program.

The program provides sterile and clean equipment to people who use drugs in order to decrease the spread of blood-borne infections (HIV, Hepatitis B and C) to people who use drugs. Learn more about the evidence behind needle exchange programs as a harm reduction strategy.

Needle exchanges are sometimes the only contact people who use drugs have with community agencies.  By helping keep people who use drugs healthy, we keep our community healthy and increase the likelihood of individuals seeking treatment. 

Safe needle disposal
Found a discarded needle? Learn the steps for safely disposing a used needle.
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