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NEP - Needle Exchange Program
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NEP Overview

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:

  • Distributes Naloxone (Narcan®) kits and provides overdose prevention and response training through mobile van
  • 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 Unit

Needle Exchange Program The hours of operation are 4 p.m. – 11 p.m., Monday to Saturday

To access needle exchange services and naloxone kits in Peel:

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

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

Needle Exchange & Safer Inhalation Kit Fixed Site Locations

  • Peel Public Health – Healthy Sexuality Clinics
    For locations and hours of operation, visit: http://peelregion.ca/health/sexuality/clinics/cli-locations.htm#brampton

  • Bloom Clinic

    www.bloomclinic.ca
    40 Finchgate Blvd., Suite 224
    Brampton, ON
    905-451-6959
    *Naloxone available

    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
    1090 Dundas Street East
    Mississauga, ON
    905-275-9117
    *Naloxone available

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


  • John Howard Society of Peel–Halton–Dufferin

    www.johnhowardphd.ca
    134 Main Street North
    Brampton, ON
    905-459-0111
    *Naloxone available

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


  • Ontario Addiction Treatment Centre

    14 Nelson Street West, Units A & B
    Brampton, ON
    905-450-6679
    *Naloxone available

    Hours:
    Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Saturday-Sunday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.


  • Peel HIV/AIDS Network

    http://www.phan.ca/
    601-7700 Hurontario Street
    Brampton, ON
    905-361-0523
    *Naloxone available

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


  • Youth Substance Abuse Program (YSAP)

    https://ymcagta.org/youth-programs/youth-substance-abuse-program
    151 City Centre Drive, Suite 800
    Mississauga
    905-276-9322 x31216
    *Naloxone available

    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.

Disposal of Used Needles, Stems and Syringes

To reduce of the risk of injury, it is important to properly dispose of drug use equipment. Always place sharps in a biohazard bin or puncture proof container (e.g. bleach container, pop bottle).

Never:

  • Flush needles and equipment down the toilet
  • Throw needles and equipment into sewers or garbage cans
  • Leave needles and equipment in a park, playground or other public area

In Peel, free biohazard bins and disposal of used needles, syringes and stems are provided through:

  1. The 24-hour needle drop boxes located at the Peel Public Health - Fairview and Meadowvale clinics.
    The drop box is similar to a video return/mail slot, for the safe and anonymous disposal of used needles/syringes and drug use equipment, 24 hours a day, seven (7) days a week. Clients do not need to use the clinic services to have access to the needle drop box. Signs on the outside of the buildings provide direction to the drop boxes.

  2. Calling or texting the Peel Works Needle Exchange program (PWNEP): 647-225-1623.

  3. Visiting a fixed site.

  4. Visiting a Peel Community Recycling Centre (CRC). CRCs will only accept discarded sharps in a biohazard container. You can obtain biohazard bins from the CRC, any fixed site, or the by calling/texting the PWNEP: 647-225-1623.

  5. Pharmacies participating in the Ontario Sharps Collection Program. Visit the Health Products Stewardship Association – Ontario to find a participating site.

Links

Harm Reduction

Methadone Treatment Centres

Safer Sex

Drug & Alcohol Helpline

Get Naloxone Kits for Free

www.peelregion.ca

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