Harm Reduction Pick Up

• Monday to Friday 2PM – 4PM •

Harm reduction is a philosophy which focuses on minimizing death, disease, and injury associated with activities that may involve risk, while acknowledging and honouring an individual’s ability to make their own decisions. Harm reduction can effectively prevent HIV, hepatitis C, and other drug-related harms. It is often the first or only link that an individual may have to the health and social service system and, as such, can provide a gateway to addictions treatment. Harm reduction interventions are relatively inexpensive and cost effective. They increase social and financial efficiency by interrupting the transmission of infectious diseases at a lower cost, rather than waiting to treat complications of advanced illness at a much higher cost. Above all, harm reduction saves lives.

Drug Testing Services

• Wednesday to Friday 2PM – 4PM •

LPRC offers drug testing to the public to test substances (drugs) for fentanyl and some analogues similar to fentanyl. We are looking to reach out to people who use substances recreationally (i.e.: parties, raves, club scenes, and alone). Our goal is to reduce stigma and risk surrounding all substance use.

This is a free service. Respectful, knowledgeable staff complete the test in a confidential setting. They answer any questions about substance use non-judgmentally. People who access this service are not required to dispose of their substance. Instead, education, harm reduction supplies, and free Naloxone kits are provided. The process takes approximately 5 minutes. No personally identifying information is required. For questions or more information, please call 778-753-5830 and ask for Tamara or Katie.

Living Positive Resource Centre provides a variety of harm reduction materials for both safer sex and substance use, and provides training for and assistance in obtaining naloxone, the drug used to reverse an opioid overdose. To arrange a naloxone training or an educational workshop on harm reduction, please contact education@lprc.ca