Needle Exchange Program (Gear Works)

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) provides new, sterile equipment to promote safer injection and inhalation of drugs. Nurses are available to speak with clients in an open, non-judgmental way.

To focus our efforts on protecting the health of our community in response to COVID-19, we have modified our services and programs. Please see COVID-19 Response Service Interruptions for more information.

Needle exchange programs help prevent transmission of HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and other blood-borne infections and diseases. A harm reduction strategy is proven across the world to be effective in reducing the spread of disease and reducing the number of needles discarded in the community.

Supplies

We offer free supplies including:

  • needles and syringes
  • cookers, filters, meth pipes and crack kits
  • alcohol swabs and tourniquets
  • vitamin C and sterile water
  • naloxone

Just drop in to one of the needle exchange locations to pick up safe drug supplies. You do not need an appointment.

Needle exchange locations in Perth County
Location Address Date and time

Huron Perth Public Health Festival Square

10 Downie St., Stratford, 2nd floor

Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (sometimes closed between 12 and 1 p.m. depending on staff availability.)

Huron Perth Public Health Stratford

653 West Gore St., Stratford

Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Local Community Food Centre, Stratford

612 Erie St., Stratford

Ask at the Peer Advocacy office:

  • Monday, 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

West End Pharmacy, Stratford

426 Huron St., Stratford

Ask at the pharmacy counter:

  • Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, 9 to 10 a.m.

Huron Perth Public Health, Listowel

135 Main St E., Listowel, Unit 103 at the back of Ward and Uptigrove building

Ask at reception Fridays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pharmasave, Listowel  130 Argyle Ave. N., Listowel

Ask at pharmacy counter:

  • Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Needle exchange locations in Huron County
Location Address Date and time

Huron Perth Public Health, Clinton

77722B London Road

Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Choices for Change, Goderich

29 Kingston St.

Tuesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Royal Oaks RX Pharmacy, Wingham

131 John St.

Monday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Disposing of needles

Learn how to safely deal with found sharps and needles. To dispose of needles, contact your local pharmacy or use one of the community sharps disposal kiosks listed below.

Kiosks take needle syringes individually or in hard plastic containers such as:

  • biohazard containers
  • bleach bottles
  • pop bottles under 4.5 L in size
Community Sharps Disposal Kiosks in Perth County
Location Address
Erie Street Parking Lot, Stratford 91 Erie St., Stratford in behind Festival Square building
West Gore Parking Lot, Stratford 653 W. Gore St., Stratford, next to the portable at the back of lower parking lot
West End Pharmacy, Stratford 426 Huron St., Stratford at the side of the building
The Local Community Food Centre, Stratford 612 Erie St., Stratford
Huron Perth Centre, Listowel 570 Main St. W., Listowel, behind building
West Perth Municipal Office, Mitchell 169 St. David St., Mitchell available near the left side of the building
Community Sharps Disposal Kiosks in Huron County
Location Address
Huron Perth Public Health, Clinton 77722B London Road, Clinton
Mid-Huron Recycling Centre, Clinton 37506A Huron Road, Clinton open Tuesday to Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Closed on statutory holidays.
South Huron Municipal Office, Exeter 322 Main Street S., Exeter

Help line

Experiencing problems with alcohol, drugs, mental health, or gambling? Call 1-800-565-8603 for free and confidential support.