Harm reduction includes a set of strategies that address the harms caused by the criminalization of people who use drugs. GRCHC engages in harm reduction action in our community, and strives to provide high-quality, non-judgmental support and care for people who use drugs.

Harm Reduction Resources

Free Naloxone Kits

Naloxone is a life saving medication that can be used to reverse an Opioid overdose.

There are several locations around Brantford where you can pick up a Naloxone Kit and receive training to use it. Grand River Community Health Centre has Naloxone available at our Outreach Station during designated hours

Additional locations: 

  • St. Leonard's Community Services (133 Elgin St. and 225 Fairview Dr., Unit 1)
  • Towards Recovery Clinic (95 Darling St.)
  • Colborne Street Clinic (349 Colborne St.)
  • Rosewood House (42 Nelson St.)
  • Salvation Army Booth Centre (187 Dalhousie St.)
Harm Reduction Supplies
To pick up sterile harm reduction equipment and to drop off used equipment, the below services are available: 
  • The Van: Call or text at 289-440-4912. A mobile harm reduction service available in the Haldimand, Norfolk, and Brantford/ Brant regions. Visit the Aids Network Webpage for more info on the Van schedule.

  • St. Leonard’s Community Services Exchange Program: 133 Elgin Street, Brantford. Call 519-759-8830 for more information.  
 Peer Resources

If you have lived or living experience of drug use, or you care about someone who does, there are resources available to you: 

The National Overdose Response Service (NORS)
Never use alone! Call the NORS line at 1-888-688-NORS(6677) before you use to connect with someone and stay safe. 

Consumption and Treatment Services (CTS)

Consumption and Treatment Services (CTS) are locations where people use pre-obtained drugs in a safe, hygienic environment with the supervision of trained staff. CTS sites prevent overdose deaths and harms, and reduce public drug use and related litter (ex. needles) in the surrounding area. 

CTS sites offer wrap-around services like primary health care, counselling, and peer support. Thousands of people who access CTS locations in Canada also receive referrals to treatment and housing supports. Currently, there are 16 CTS locations in Ontario, in communities like Hamilton, Guelph, St. Catherine's, and Toronto.

GRCHC is working with partner organizations, community members, and the Brantford-Brant Community Drug Strategy to complete an application for a CTS site in Brantford. We are in the process of connecting with stakeholders, and investigating possible site locations. If successful in our application, we hope to see less drug use downtown, fewer syringes in public spaces, fewer overdose related deaths, and to provide dignity and safety to our community.

Questions? Contact us at info@grchc.ca.