Some of the agencies listed may be impacted due to COVID-19. Contact the agency to find out their current service availability.
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 HIV, Hepatitis 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.
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:
- Peel's Healthy Sexuality clinics for:
- Community agencies for support and treatment.
NEP Mobile Unit
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/
- Bloom Clinic
40 Finchgate Blvd., Suite 224
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.
- Ontario Addiction Treatment Centre
14 Nelson Street West, Units A & B
Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- Moyo Health & Community Services
601-7700 Hurontario Street
Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Youth Substance Abuse Program (YSAP)
151 City Centre Drive, Suite 800
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 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).
- 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
Biohazard bins and disposal of used needles, syringes and stems are provided through:
- The 24-hour needle drop boxes located at the Peel Public Health – Fairview, Meadowvale, and Brampton 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.
- Visiting a fixed site. Note that availability may be impacted by COVID at fixed sites.
- 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.
- Pharmacies participating in the Ontario Sharps Collection Program. Visit the Health Products Stewardship Association – Ontario to find a participating site.
- If a needle is found on public property, calling the 3-1-1 Contact Centre (Service Caledon for Caledon residents 905-584-2272) will alert appropriate staff. The 311 Contact Centre of Service Caledon will forward this information to the appropriate City or Regional staff (based on location of the discarded sharp), so that it can be safely collected and disposed of.
Opioids in Peel
We closely monitor trends in emergence department visits, paramedic calls, hospitalizations and deaths related to opioid use in Peel. Visit our Opioid Overdoses page to find out how we are using this information to develop an Opioid Strategy for Peel.
Methadone Treatment Centres
Rapid Access Addiction Medicine clinics (RAAM clinics)
Drug & Alcohol Helpline
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