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Safer substance use

Safer substance use (harm reduction) recognizes that quitting the use of substances may not be right for everyone. It is important for information to be available to ensure that all people have the opportunity to be as safe and well as possible.

Safer substance use (harm reduction) can:

  • reduce the transmission of HIV, Hepatitis B & C from sharing equipment, keeping people healthier and decreasing healthcare costs,
  • provide education on the benefits of using new 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
  • Education

Supervised consumption services (Consumption and Treatment Service) sites provide a safer environment for people to use substances.  In addition, they offer a wide spectrum of resources and support, and provide the opportunity to refer individuals to other community services available to help people remain as healthy and safe as possible.  This may include information about treatment options if requested.

Additional information about safer substance use can be found here:

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