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Safer substance use

Safer substance use recognizes that quitting the use of substances may not be realistic for everyone. As a result it means providing people who use drugs with the information and resources they need to prevent overdose and other harms.

Safer substance use can:

  • reduce the transmission of HIV, Hepatitis B & C from sharing equipment, thereby decreasing healthcare costs,
  • provide education on the risks of sharing needles, smoking and other drug equipment,
  • reduce the number of overdoses and deaths from substance use,
  • provide a supportive safe environment where individuals can access health, counselling and social services.

A variety of resources can help ensure safer substance use.

Currently SMDHU offers:

  • Safe injecting kits
  • Safe smoking kits
  • Naloxone kits
  • Disposal bins/receptacles

Supervised consumption services can also be created to offer a wide spectrum of treatment and safe drug use opportunities.

Additional information about safer substance use can be found here:

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