Safe Drug Supplies

The Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) safe drug supply program provides needle exchange and sterile equipment to promote safer injection and inhalation of drugs. You'll also be able to speak with our staff and have open, non-judgmental conversations.

Needle exchange programs help ensure that injection drug users have access to sterile injection equipment to prevent transmission of HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and other blood-borne infections and diseases.

Supplies

We offer free and clean supplies including:

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

Needle exchange locations

Find a location for needle exchange.

Needle exchange locations in Huron County
LocationAddressDate and time

Huron Perth Public Health, Clinton

77722B London Road

Wednesday and Friday from 12 p.m. to 4 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.

Needle exchange locations in Perth County
LocationAddressDate and time

Festival Square, Stratford

10 Downie St., Stratford, 2nd floor

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

Stratford

653 West Gore St.

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

The Festival Square location sometimes closes between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. depending on staff availability.

Disposing of needles

You can safely dispose of needles at:

Please keep used needles and syringes in a closed, puncture-proof plastic container.

Community Sharps Disposal Kiosks

Community Sharps Disposal Kiosks are available at:

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

  • biohazard containers
  • bleach bottles
  • pop bottles under 4.5 L in size

Pharmacies

You can call your local pharmacy to see if they collect sharps.

Gear Works in Perth County

Through the Gear Works program in Perth County, you can also pick up safe drug supplies at the below locations. Just drop in during the times below. You do not need an appointment.

Stratford

The Local Community Food Centre

612 Erie St., Stratford

Ask at the Peer Advocacy office:

  • Monday, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

West End Pharmacy

426 Huron St, Stratford

Ask at the pharmacy counter:

  • Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Listowel

We offer Gear Works at:

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

Ask at reception Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Pharmasave

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.

Help line

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

Our approach

This approach is known as a harm reduction strategy and is proven across the world, Canada and Ontario to be effective in reducing the spread of disease. It is also proven to reduce the number of needles discarded in the community.