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Needle Syringe Program (“The Exchange”)

The Needle Syringe Program (“The Exchange”) is part of the sexual health and harm reduction services provided by the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit (HNHU).  All services are free and confidential.

What is the purpose of a needle syringe program?

Needle syringe programs help to reduce the spread of HIV and other blood-borne illnesses, such as Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C among intravenous drugs and steroid injection users by providing clean needles and drug-using supplies.

How do needle syringe programs make a difference in our community?

  • Needle syringe programs help by reducing many risk related practices of injection drug users such as reusing and sharing needles.
  • The program is also important because it reduces the unsafe disposal of needles in the community (e.g. playgrounds, washrooms) and reduces the spread of blood-borne infections.

“The Exchange” is a service offered by the HNHU. This program helps to reduce the spread of HIV and other blood-borne illnesses by providing the following items and services free and confidentially:

  • Free needles (short or long lengths)
  • Alcohol swabs, cookers, filters, sterile water, tourniquets and vitamin C packets
  • Sharps containers to safely store used needles
  • Used sharps disposal (used needles from “The Exchange” can be brought back to the HNHU for safe disposal)
  • Naloxone training and kits (opioid overdose medication)
  • HIV and other sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing
  • Condoms and personal lubricant
  • Hepatitis A and B vaccinations
  • Information on safer drug-using practices
  • HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis education
  • Counselling and treatment referrals

Exchange locations

Norfolk

  • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
    12 Gilbertson Drive, Simcoe
    Monday to Friday 8:30-4:30 pm
    (519) 426-6170
  • Water Street Clinic
    25 Water Street, Simcoe
    *Open 7 days per week. Call for current hours 519-426-1333
  • Hope Pharmacy/Water Street Medical Centre
    80 Norfolk Street South, Simcoe
    *Open 7 days per week. Call for current hours 519-428-4676
  • Delhi Pharmasave
    Available at the pharmacy counter
    221 Main Street, Delhi
    *Open 7 days per week. Call for current hours (519) 582-1530
  • Port Rowan Pharmasave
    Available at the pharmacy counter
    1024 Bay Street, Port Rowan
    *Open Monday to Saturday. Call for current hours (519) 586-3983
  • Waterford Pharmacy and Health Food
    Available at pharmacy counter
    29 Alice Street, Waterford
    *Open Monday to Saturday. Call for current hours (519) 443-0123

Haldimand

  • Caledonia Health Unit
    282 Argyle Street South, Caledonia
    Monday to Friday 8:30-4:30 pm
    (905) 318-6623
  • The Caledonia Clinic
    53 Argyle Street North, Caledonia
    Contact for hours 905-765-5885
  • Dunnville Health Unit
    117 Forest Street East, Dunnville
    Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 pm
    (905) 318-6623

If you have any questions about this program and its services, please call the HNHU at 519-426-6170 or 905-318-6623.

Sharps (needles)

For more information about finding sharps (needles) and sharps disposal, click here.

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