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NEP - Needle Exchange Program
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NEP Overview

New 24-hour needle drop box kiosk

In addition to the Fairview Clinic location, the Peel Works Needle Exchange Program has installed a 24-hour needle drop box kiosk at our Meadowvale Clinic to provide additional safer needle and syringe disposal options within the Region of Peel. The drop box kiosk is located at the Peel Public Health Meadowvale Clinic located at 6975 Meadowvale Town Centre Circle Suite N03, Mississauga.

The drop box kiosk is similar to a video return slot/mail slot and will allow injection drug users living in or visiting the Region of Peel to dispose of used needles/syringes and injection drug use equipment safely, 24 hours a day. Clients do not need to use the clinic services to have access to the 24-hour needle drop box. There are signs directing clients to the location of the drop box kiosk which is located at the front of the building, just to the left of the main clinic doors.

Peel Public Health's Needle Exchange Program (NEP):

  • Offers new needles*, stems and other services to reduce the spread of blood-borne diseases among people who use drugs, including steroids.
  • Protects the public by reducing the number of used needles discarded in public places like playgrounds and washrooms.
  • Follows a "Harm Reduction" philosophy.

Small amounts of blood often remain in used needles, mixing and/or rinsing water, and other drug equipment such as stems, spoons or filters. If you share needles and other drug equipment, you can get - or unknowingly spread - a blood-borne infection like HIVHepatitis B or Hepatitis C.
* The use of the term 'needles' refers to the whole injecting device: needle, syringe, plunger, barrel, etc.

The Harm Reduction Philosophy

Harm Reduction recognizes that a certain percentage of the population will use drugs and the goal is to reduce the harm that might result from drug use. Harm reduction aims to decrease the adverse health, social and economic consequences of substance abuse, for the user and the community, without requiring abstinence.

NEP Services

Needle Exchange Program

All of Peel's NEP services are free and confidential.

The Peel Works NEP:

  • Provides new needles and injection equipment.
  • Provides containers for the safe disposal of used needles and equipment.
  • Picks up and safely disposes of used needles in sharps containers from needle exchange clients.
  • Provides safer inhalation kits (stems, screens, mouthpieces, & push sticks)
  • Provides piercing kits which includes information about after care.
  • Provides information about safer drug use.
  • Provides information about safer sex as well as free condoms and lube.
  • Offers referrals to:

NEP Mobile Van

Needle Exchange Program The hours of operation are 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

To access needle exchange and safer inhalation kit services in Peel:

  • Call or text the NEP cell phone at 647-225-1623

All services are free and confidential. No health card is needed.

Nursing Service

Nursing services available every Monday on the NEP Mobile Van, services include:

  • HIV Testing (including the rapid test)
  • Hepatitis A, B and C testing
  • Testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Free treatment for certain STIs
  • Birth control, emergency contraceptive pill and pregnancy testing

All services are free and confidential. No health card is needed

John Howard Society (Brampton)
134 Main Street North

Nursing services available every Wednesday from 10:00am-2:00pm, services include:

  • HIV Testing (including the rapid test)
  • Hepatitis A, B and C testing
  • Testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Free treatment for certain STIs
  • Birth control, emergency contraceptive pill and pregnancy testing

All services are free and confidential. No health card is needed.

Needle Exchange & Safer Inhalation Kit Fixed Site Locations

Healthy Sexuality Clinics

Please visit one of our Healthy Sexuality Clinic locations to drop off or pick up supplies.  Please call for current hours of operation.

Brampton

  • 150 Central Park Dr., Suite 09 (across from the Bramalea City Centre)
    Phone: 905-791-5905

Caledon/Bolton

  • 18 King St. E - Bolton
    Phone: 905-791-5905

Mississauga

  • 325 Central Parkway West, Unit 21
    Phone: 905-270-0587
  • 6975 Meadowvale Town Centre Circle, Suite N03
    Phone: 905-270-5662
  • 7205 Goreway Dr. (at Westwood Square Mall, Lower Level, B7.)
    Phone: 905-678-0788

Community Fixed Sites

Please also visit one of our needle exchange sites located in the following community agencies to drop off or pick up supplies:

  • Hours of operation have changed
    Youth Substance Abuse Program (YSAP)
    http://www.ymcagta.org
    151 City Centre Drive, Suite 800
    Mississauga
    905-276-9322

    Hours:
    Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Tuesday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
    Thursday Drop-In 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

  • NEW Fixed Site
    Bramalea Community Health Centre
    www.bramaleachc.ca
    40 Finchgate Blvd., Ste. 224
    Brampton, ON
    905-451-6959

    Hours:
    Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Tuesday. 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
    Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
    Saturday 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • NEW Fixed Site
    Four Corners Health Centre
    3233 Brandon Gate Dr., Unit 1
    Mississauga, ON
    905-677-9599

    Hours:
    Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Tuesday. 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
    Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
    Saturday 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

  • John Howard Society of Peel–Halton–Dufferin 
    www.johnhowardphd.ca
    134 Main St. N
    Brampton
    905-459-0111

    Hours:
    Monday – Friday; 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  • John Howard Society of Peel–Halton–Dufferin 
    www.johnhowardphd.ca
    130 Dundas Street East, Suite 300
    Mississauga
    905-275-9117

    Hours:
    Monday-Friday; 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Peel HIV/AIDS Network 
    http://www.phan.ca/dnn/
    160 Traders Blvd., Unit 1
    Mississauga
    905-361-0523

    Hours:
    Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Youth Substance Abuse Program (YSAP)
    http://www.ymcagta.org
    151 City Centre Drive, Suite 800
    Mississauga
    905-276-9322

    Hours:
    Monday-Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
    Thursday Drop–In 1 p.m.-8 p.m.

    Please Note: Must be registered as a client of YSAP to use this Fixed Site location.

Disposal of Used Needles, Stems and Syringes

In Peel used needles, stems and syringes can be disposed by:
  1. Accessing the 24-hour needle drop box kiosk located at the Peel Public Health - Fairview and Meadowvale clinics
  2. Calling or texting the Peel Works Needle Exchange program: 647-225-1623 and,
  3. Visiting Needle Exchange Locations and Community recycling depots.

Links

Harm Reduction

Methadone Treatment Centres

Safer Sex

Drug & Alcohol Helpline

www.peelregion.ca

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