• Main Office: 511 Pelissier Street, Windsor, ON N9A 4L2 | Satellite Office: 67 Adelaide Street South Chatham, Ontario N7M 4R1
  • 1-800-265-4858

Needle Syringe Program

Upon entry into either our Windsor or Chatham office, you will have direct access to the Needle Syringe Program (NSP). A NSP staff or volunteer will be more than happy to assist you. There’s no limit to the quantity of equipment and or supplies you can request. Returning needles or syringes is recommended, but not required. However, we encourage anyone accessing the NSP to ensure the safe disposal of supplies either through our office or a pharmacy nearest you.

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Equipment Distributed

Safer Injection Equipment

  • Needles (points, tips) various sizes
  • Syringes (darts, rigs) various sizes
  • Acidifiers (VitC packs)
  • Sterile water
  • Filters (cottons)
  • Tourniquets (ties)
  • Spoons and cookers
  • Sharps container (bins)
  • Alcohol
  • Swabs

Safer Inhalation Equipment

  • Pyrex stems
  • Brass screens
  • Chop sticks
  • Mouthpieces

Safe Sex Supplies

  • Condoms

  • Dental Dams

  • Lube

Tips to Reduce Risks

  • Use sterile unused needles and equipment every time to reduce the incidence of infection.
  • Do not throw away needles in the trash. Use a sharps container to dispose of needles after each use (disposal is free at our agency).
  • HIV & HEP C are carried in the blood stream. Although treatment is available there is still no cure for either. Be informed and do not share used needles.
  • Substance abuse can lead to impaired decision making with regards to sexual practices. HIV can be passed during condom less sex. Condoms are available for free in the Needle Syringe office.
  • Educational materials are available on a variety of harm reduction tips.
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Satellite Needle Syringe Program

Research indicates that women are more likely than men to share and borrow needles and are more frequently introduced to injection drugs by partners, who control the materials and drugs used. This power imbalance puts women at increased risk for HIV and other blood borne infections. Providing a women-centred harm reduction program to women in Windsor-Essex County will help to increase health outcomes for women at risk of HIV infection in our community.

In March of 2016, Welcome Centre Shelter for Women launched a pilot program to become a Needle Syringe Program (NSP) satellite site in partnership with the AIDS Committee of Windsor. The NSP at the Welcome Shelter is open seven days a week 8AM to 8PM to all women in the community. The Welcome Centre offers the following harm reduction materials:

  • Safer inhalation kits
  • Safer injection kits (1cc & 3cc 27G .)

  • Vit C

  • Sharps containers

  • Condoms (insertive, male, and flavoured)

  • Dental dams

Women accessing the NSP at the shelter can get a maximum combination of five kits from the 1cc injection, 3cc injection, and safer inhalation kits.

Feel free to speak with one of our Needle Syringe Program staff regarding any additional questions you may have.

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