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Consumption & Treatment Services

Consumption & Treatment Services

The CTS site is a part of Streetworks services. The site offers a low-barrier, stigma-free environment for people to use pre-obtained drugs under the supervision of Harm Reduction Workers, Community Engagement/Security Workers and Paramedic staff. CTS prevents overdose deaths, reduces the spread of infectious diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C, increase access to health and social services, and creates a safer community by reducing drug use in public spaces and providing options for safe syringe disposal.

 

Consumption & Treatment Services Location
105 Queenston St., St. Catharines (back entrance on the right)

7 days a week – including statutory holidays

7:30am-7:30pm – Last intake at 6:30pm

 

Consumption & Treatment Services Supervisor

Myrtle Stage
mstage@positivelivingniagara.com
905-984-8684 ext.312

 

Services that are available include:

• Supervised consumption (injection, intra-nasal and oral consumption)

• A supportive and calm environment

• A judgment-free space with supportive staff, including Harm Reduction Workers, Staff with Lived or Living Experience and Paramedics.

• Wound Recognition Program

• Paramedics provide overdose prevention and intervention (i.e. use of oxygen and naloxone)

• Weekly Groups (Women’s Group, Drop-In Group)

• Wrap around supports such as referrals to drug treatment, withdrawal management, mental health services, housing, primary care, Hep C, public health nurse ( point of care testing & vaccines) Supports and referrals

• Safer substance use education

• Harm reduction supplies, naloxone kits, sharps containers, returns accepted

 

Drug Checking:

Consumption and Treatment Services (CTS) site has a drug checking device created by Western University that uses raman spectrometry – laser light – to test your drugs.

 

The technology, developed by SCATR Inc. with the support of Western University infrastructure, will aim to allow those who use drugs at safe consumption sites to understand what dangerous fillers and other drugs like fentanyl analogues might be in their sample, so they can make informed decisions about their use.

 

After the drug is checked, data is entered about whether the composition of the drug is the same as what was expected, whether there were any adverse reactions (including overdose), and whether or not the person checking their sample changed their behaviour by reducing their dose or choosing not to use it after understanding its composition.