Safer Injection & Inhalation
StreetWorks is a harm reduction program that offers free and confidential services to anyone living in or visiting the Niagara Region. Our purpose is to lower the HIV, HCV and STI rates in the Niagara Region. Our staff also connects our clients with support services.
Sharing needles or other injection equipment is one way HIV & other blood-borne diseases such as Hepatitis B and C, are spread from one person to another. Our Needle Exchange Program aims to reduce the transmission of HIV and other blood-borne infections among people who inject drugs. By practicing safer needle use, injection drug users can reduce the risk of HIV transmission along with many other infections and conditions associated with injecting drugs. People who inject drugs are encouraged to bring their used syringes or needles to ensure proper disposal.
Sharing inhalation equipment poses a greater risk for the transmission of blood-borne infections (Hepatitis B and C). StreetWorks provides sterile equipment for clients who use inhaled drugs, such as crack cocaine. Our inhalation kits (stem kits) offer our clients a safer alternative to greatly reduce the risk of transmitting HIV or other blood borne infections.
For information on how to access services and how to link your clients with our service please click here
We provide free sexual health items to any individual engaging in sexual activity. Our harm-reductionist approach supports sexual education and emphasizes the use of protective devices like condoms and dental dams to safeguard against transmission of infectious diseases.
Programs such as ours have been found to decrease risky sexual behavior and prevent sexually transmitted diseases.
Injection Drug User (IDU) Program
The Injection Drug User (IDU) program is a part of the StreetWorks program and adds additional support to individuals using injection drugs in the Niagara Region. The program aims to provide client services, case management and referrals to community organizations all while maintaining a harm reduction approach to services. Some examples of services provided through this program are:
– assisting clients in accessing basic documentation
– responding to client needs by providing supportive, emotional and health counselling and to negotiate appropriate referrals.
– provide harm reduction materials
The IDU program also offers a Peer Outreach Worker component where individuals can take part in a twice monthly program doing on-site kit making and other opportunities that might come up, such as community clean-ups. This program takes place the 2nd and 3rd Thursday of the month from 2-4pm. This program aims to assist clients with accepting responsibility for the program they access, developing scheduling skills, help to increase self-esteem and an overall sense of community belonging. If you think you client would be interested in taking part in this program please tell them to stop by the office or contact Keira 905-984-8684 ext. 122
Did you find a syringe on your property or somewhere in your community? Please follow these guidelines from Public Health to ensure safe and proper disposal. If you need a biohazard bin and/or have syringes that are in a puncture resistant container please contact us and we would be happy to pick it up.