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Ontario Harm Reduction Distribution Program

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 is located in Kingston, Ontario, as a division of Kingston Community Health Centres. 

OHRDP coordinates the distribution of harm reduction supplies through a licensed medical supplies distributor, and collaborates with other agencies/programs on knowledge transfer initiatives 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 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)
  • Foil
  • Baggies (to package supplies)

The harm reduction supplies coordinated 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 Harm Reduction Program and Find a Community Disposal Bin, please visit www.ohrdp.ca.