Harm Reduction Programs and Services
1. Harm Reduction Programs
Harm Reduction Programs are part of a comprehensive public health disease prevention strategy to reduce the spread of HIV, HCV, and other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections.
Providing supplies to people who use drugs is one of the simplest, most effective means to reduce the spread of these diseases. The distribution of supplies is intended to reduce the sharing of drug use equipment and encourage safer sexual practices. Harm Reduction Programs also serve as an important means of connecting with clients and engaging them in care.
The Harm Reduction Report and Infographic provide an overview of harm reduction programs and services in Saskatchewan. The report discusses and describes the rationale behind Prevention and Risk Reduction programs, best practices and the achievements made to date in these provincial programs.
2. Find a Harm Reduction Program
To find a harm reduction program near you, go to the Saskatchewan Harm Reduction Services website.
3. Services and Supplies
Services offered through harm reduction programs may vary, but can include:
- Needle exchange/distribution
- Safer Inhalation Materials (crack and meth pipes)
- Fentanyl and benzos drug checking strips
- Free condoms
- Education and information
- Publicly funded vaccinations
- HIV, Hep A, B, and C testing and treatment
- STI testing and treatment
- Pregnancy testing
- Emergency contraception
Please check the individual listing to confirm the services each harm reduction program offers.
4. Other Treatment Services
5. Other Resources
To learn more about the effects and risks of drug use, visit the Alcohol, Drug, and Addictions Resources section for downloadable fact sheets on a variety of substances.
Ministry of Health Resources:
- Guidelines for Healthcare Providers Regarding Client Cocaine and Crack Use
- Safer Ways to Use Cocaine and Crack
Saskatchewan Health Authority Resources: