Effective June 5, 2018, there are some important changes coming to Halton Region’s needle exchange program – Exchange Works:
- Mobile outreach hours of operation are changing.
- New hours at Burlington and Oakville sexual health clinics (effective June 4, 2018).
About the Exchange Works program
Exchange Works is a program of Halton Region's Harm Reduction Services. We maintain close working relationships with community partners, and our clients, so we stay on top of trends and issues going on in the community. As part of this program, outreach workers and public health nurses operate a mobile outreach service in Halton Region that involves:
- Exchanging used injection/smoking supplies for new injection/smoking supplies
- Providing health information to clients
- Distributing safer sex supplies
- Referring clients to community agencies that have the tools to help access rehabs
Purpose of the program
This program helps to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and other blood-borne illnesses, such as Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, among intravenous drug and steroid injection users by providing clean supplies for injection/smoking.
- Safer injection supplies
- Safer steroid supplies
- Safer inhalation supplies
- Safer sex supplies
- Nasal naloxone training and kits
- Written information and referrals
- STI and HIV testing, along with Hep A + B vaccines
- Presentations (by request)
Accessing the program
You can access Exchange Works by:
Texting or calling mobile outreach services (on a confidential cell phone)
- Mobile Outreach Services
905-330-3305 (North Halton: 905-702-4200)
Monday-Thursday 4:30-8:30 p.m
Visiting one of the Health Department's sexual health clinic locations.
Needle exchange services available at Burlington and Oakville clinics
Monday-Friday 1-4 p.m
If the doors are locked during this time, please ring the doorbell.