Sector News

  1. US Cities with Needle Syringe Programs Have Fewer Publically Discarded Needles than Cities without NSPs.

    Opponents of NSPs often claim that the injection supplies provided by NSPs will be discarded unsafely in public spaces. This US based study wanted to see if this was in fact true. The study compared San Francisco, where distribution sites are legal, and Miami, where distribution sites are illegal. Findings strongly suggest the opposite is true.

    The study showed:
    • San Francisco had 11 publically discarded needles during the study period, while Miami had 328
    • 11% of San Francisco interviewees reported having discarded syringes in public space in previous 30 days, compared to 69% in Miami
    • 65% of San Francisco interviewees reported having discarded syringes unsafely in previous 30 days, compared to 95% in Miami
    • The primary safe method of disposal were discarding needle/syringes at Needle Syringe Site (62% of interviewees from San Francisco, 0% from Miami)
    • In San Francisco 8,474 out of 64,259 syringes (13%) were reportedly disposed of unsafely, of which 718 (1%) were discarded in a public space. In Miami, 9845 out of 10,379 (95%) of syringes were reportedly disposed of unsafely, of which 4689 (45%) were discarded in a public space
    • Injection drug users in Miami were 34 times more likely to discard syringes in public spaces than those in San Francisco.
    Conclusion: Needle Syringe Distribution programs are a significant means of collecting used supplies and do not increase the amount of publically disposed syringes.

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  2. OHRDP will be distributing safer smoking supplies!

    This summer, OHRDP will begin distributing safer smoking supplies to Ontario’s Needle Syringe Programs. This is an exciting and important program which will help keep people who smoke crack cocaine safe from injury and disease. For more information about OHRDP’s safer smoking supplies, check out our product webpage

  3. Opioid Overdose Prevention & Response Program in Toronto: Published in the Canadian Journal of Public

     Toronto Public Health (The Works) has published on the development and implementation of their Prevent Overdose in Toronto (POINT) program in the CJPH. They found that in the first 8-months of the program, 209 service users were trained and the program implementers received reports of 17 administration of naloxone. Overall, reception of the POINT program has been positive and the program is expanding its capacity. To read more about the POINT program: CLICK HERE

  4. HIV/AIDS & Other Sexually Transmitted / Blood Borne Infections Among Youth In Canada

    The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has recently released a population-specific status report on youth and HIV/AIDS. The report highlights how young people’s vulnerability to HIV/AIDS is associated with social demographic factors, education, employment, income, physical health status, mental health and risk behaviours. In 2011, 2,208 HIV cases were reported to the PHAC of which 531 cases (24%) were among youth. Three-quarters of HIV diagnosis among youth were male. For more information you can check out:

    The Report

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