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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 need​le disposal

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

Drug user? Learn how to prevent an overdose and get clean needles and gear.

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Public Health Question
  • Q:
    Is Tuberculosis still around? I thought it was a disease of the past.
    A:
    ​Tuberculosis still exists and causes illness and deaths in Canada and throughout the world.  The NWHU has a program to help control the spread of tuberculosis in our region.