Clean Needle Exchange/Safe Inhalation
Clean Needle Exchange
The Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre medical clinic works in cooperation with the City of Ottawa’s Site Needle and Syringe Program to provide a free, anonymous needle exchange program for intravenous drug users. By providing users with access to clean, sterile syringes and removing used needles from circulation, the program reduces the spread of HIV and hepatitis in the west end community and beyond.
Counselling is also available on matters including safer drug use methods, disease prevention and management and treatment options.
The program is available between 9:00 am – 3:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Between 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm on Thursdays. Please present yourself to the medical reception desk on the 2nd floor.
PQCHC also offers free access to safer inhalation equipment to residents of Ottawa’s west end, including glass stems, mouthpieces, brass screens and chopsticks. Smoking crack cocaine and other drugs using makeshift devices can lead to blistering and open sores on the lips and gums, which are not only painful but contribute to the spread of HCV (hepatitis C) and HIV among users. This program is likewise available at PQCHC’s medical clinic, between 9:00 am – 3:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Between 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm on Thursdays.