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Needle Exchange and Safer Inhalation (Gear, Van and Outreach)

Needle Exchange and Safer Inhalation (Gear, Van and Outreach)




Daytime services: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
Evening services: Monday - Saturday, 5pm to 10:30pm

Contact Details

& Service Area

For who:

People who use drugs

Service Area:

SWCHC Service Area, Ottawa-wide

SWCHC Service Area

SWCHC Service Area


Eccles Branch

For more information:

Call 613-238-8210

Languages Offered:


About this Program

The Needle Exchange & Safer Inhalation (NESI) Program offers harm reduction services for people who use drugs, including safer inhalation and injection supplies, collection and disposal of used equipment, and peer support in a non-judgmental environment. Harm Reduction Outreach workers provide harm reduction health education and support, including informal case management according to the needs of each client in collaboration with existing supports, meeting clients where they are at and providing accessible, point-of-contact supports. Community Workers are staff with lived or living experiene of substance use who provide peer support and services within the program.

During COVID-19, onsite gear distribution is available by window service in the parking lot of 55 Eccles (off of Booth Street), Daily from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.. Gear can also be accessed in the evening Monday to Saturday from 5pm - 10:30pm by contacting the NESI van at 613-761-0003.

Somerset West Community Health Centre's NESI Program is funded by the AIDS Bureau of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC). The MOHLTC provides funding for more than 90 programs and services across Ontario to deliver HIV/AIDS prevention, education and support programs for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, and those most at risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS in Ontario.