Health Information

Harm Reduction Program

The Harm Reduction Program at Lambton Public Health (LPH) provides access to a range of non-judgmental services to keep you safe from the risks associated with drug-use and other risky health behaviours.

Harm reduction can:

  • Prevent sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections
  • Reduce hepatitis B and C, and HIV
  • Reduce sharing of needles and other substance-use equipment
  • Increase the safe disposal of used needles
  • Increase referrals to treatment programs as well as health and social services
  • Reduce overdose deaths and other early deaths among substance users

LPH provides access to FREE naloxone overdose prevention kits for any person at risk for opioid overdose, and family member, friend or other person able to help someone at risk of an opioid overdose.

  • Kits are free
  • No health card or ID is needed
  • Allow 15-20 minutes for initial training with a nurse

The harm reduction program provides sterile, single-use injection and inhalation supplies and safe disposal of used drug equipment:

  • Clean syringes
  • Alcohol swabs
  • Sterile water
  • Tourniquets
  • Spoons and filters
  • Safer inhalation kits
  • Sharps containers
  • Referrals to community resources
  • Disposal of used drug equipment*
  • Education about safer drug-use practices

*Please return used equipment in a sharps or hard, sealed container

Community Sharps Disposal Bins

Community Sharps Disposal Bins (CSDB) are provided to protect the public from needle-stick injuries – which can expose the injured person to blood-borne illness such as Hepatitis or HIV. Needles have been found in public areas, and it is not safe to dispose of them in regular garbage or recycling containers. There are already many smaller needle disposal containers in the community, including ones public restrooms, and restaurant restrooms. 

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LPH also provides:

  • Sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and counselling
  • Condoms and other safe sex supplies
  • Immunizations against some blood-borne infections