Harm Reduction Supply Distribution
For Service Providers
In this section local partners in harm reduction supply distribution will find resources and information related to the distribution of harm reduction equipment.
- Access to harm reduction supplies helps reduce the risk of transmitting blood-borne infectious, primarily hepatitis C and HIV.
- Access to harm reduction supply distribution services that are friendly, positive, non-judgmental, working to engage people who use drugs is central to the success of this public health intervention with our communities.
- Harm reduction supply services are safe, effective, and cost-saving interventions.
- HSHR is funded to procure and coordinate the distribution of harm reduction supplies for distribution partners in Winnipeg.
- Access to harm reduction supplies is contingent on HSHR’s funding approved by the Province of Manitoba.
- All supplies distributed in Winnipeg are selected based on evidence, price, quality and availability, as well as feedback from people who use drugs and in consultation with service providers.
- Harm Reduction Supply Distribution sites are responsible for the operations of their sites and for distribution of supplies according to guidelines provided by HSHR.
An overview of Harm Reduction Supply Distribution in Winnipeg
HSHR supports harm reduction supply distribution to 40 organizations in Winnipeg. Most of these supply distribution sites have been established since 2019. In 2020 – 2021, about 800,000 needles were provided to community partners. All the sites open to the public are listed in the resource map [link].
HSHR also supports 9 community patrols in their needle pick-up efforts.
Accessing Harm Reduction Supplies
HSHR provides harm reduction supplies to harm reduction supply distribution sites in Winnipeg with whom an agreement has been established. Partners in supply distribution are responsible for:
- the distribution of free of charge harm reduction supplies
- the distribution of harm reduction supplies as per established in HSHR Guidelines
- participating in a harm reduction supply distribution session
- following the ordering process outlined in their agreement
If your organization is interested in learning more about harm reduction supply distribution agreements, please contact us or send your registration form at [email protected]streetconnections.ca. Once you have received confirmation of your registration and training or orientation complete, please use this form to order supplies.
Safe Needle Disposal
Needles are used by community members for human or animal medical conditions such as diabetes, and substance use. Improperly discarded needles in public spaces are often the result of lacking of place or supplies to properly dispose of them. Needles are no intentionally discarded to hurt others. Needles are easily collected.
HSHR provides sharps containers to community groups organized to build safer communities (e.g., community patrols, seasonal needle clean-ups). These community groups or initiatives will:
- access sharps containers for needle sweeps
- receive training in safe needle collection
- promote safe needle disposal in the community
- support a non-stigmatizing understanding of inappropriately discarded needles
- return sharps containers with used needles for final safer disposal
If your organization is interested in learning more about accessing sharps containers for your community initiative, please contact us or send us your registration form to [email protected]streetconnections.ca. Once you have received confirmation of your registration and training or orientation complete, please use this form to order supplies.
Community organizations, agencies or businesses seeking out sharps containers for their facilities, look for biowaste or medical waste disposal services or consult with pharmacies in your area
Promoting your harm reduction services
Supply distribution sites or services open to the public will be promoted in our interactive map. We can also help you promote other services such as STBBI testing, pregnancy testing, free condoms, and HIV Prevention Medication/PrEP.