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OHRDP

The Ontario Harm Reduction Distribution Program (OHRDP), established in 2006, is a provincially funded program through the AIDS and Hepatitis C Programs within the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and is located in Kingston, Ontario, as a division of Kingston Community Health Centres. OHRDP coordinates the distribution of  harm reduction supplies through a licensed distributor, and  collaborates with  other agencies/programs on the development of educational materials  relevant to Needle Syringe Programs across Ontario.  OHRDP maintains two search engines on its website: one helps  individuals locate where they can  obtain free, sterile harm reduction supplies across the province and the other assists  individuals with safely disposing of used harm reduction supplies by revealing where in a community  the large disposal bins are located.

OHRDP aims to:

  • Ensure full and equitable access of evidence based harm reduction supplies to all core needle syringe programs identified by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (AIDS and Hepatitis C Programs and Addictions and Substances Policy and Programs Unit) in a fiscally responsible manner.
  • Support the provincial Needle Syringe Programs in their efforts to promote harm reduction approaches and to increase access to knowledge, skills and tools which enhance their oversight of harm reduction supplies.

Upon request, core Needle Syringe Programs in Ontario have access to the following harm reduction supplies, free of charge, from OHRDP:

Safer Injecting Supplies

  • Alcohol swabs
  • Cookers
  • Filters
  • Sterile water
  • Tourniquets               
  • Vitamin C (acidifier)
  • Baggies (to package supplies)

Safer Smoking Supplies

  • Alcohol swabs
  • Push Sticks
  • Screens (brass)
  • Straight Stems (pyrex)
  • Bowl Pipes (pyrex)
  • Mouthpieces (vinyl tubing)
  • Baggies (to package supplies)

The harm reduction supplies provided by OHRDP complement the needles, syringes, condoms and biohazard bins provided through Public Health. Through the distribution of sterile, single-use equipment and better knowledge transfer we can help communities stay safer and healthier. If you are seeking more information on HIV or HCV, consider visiting the CATIE website @ www.catie.ca as a place to start.

For more information or to locate the search engines, Find a Needle Syringe Program and Find a Community Disposal Bin, please visit  www.ohrdp.ca.