OHRDP’s Goals

The Ontario Harm Reduction Distribution Program (OHRDP), established in 2006, is a not-for-profit, provincially funded program through the Hepatitis C Secretariat within the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and is located in Kingston, Ontario, as a division of Kingston Community Health Centres . The OHRDP provides harm reduction supplies, educational materials and knowledge translation and exchange opportunities to Needle Syringe Programs across Ontario.

The goal of the OHRDP is two-fold:

  1. To increase the volume and diversity of harm reduction supplies being distributed through the Needle Syringe Programs in Ontario.
  2. To support the provincial Needle Syringe Programs in their efforts to increase access to knowledge, skills and tools to promote harm reduction approaches.

These goals aim to ensure that the community and clients served by each Needle Syringe Program are receiving the highest quality product, service and education achievable.

Upon request, all Needle Syringe Programs in Ontario have access to the following harm reduction equipment, free of charge, from the OHRDP:

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Safer Injection Equipment*:

Overdose Prevention Supplies:

It is through the provision of these supplies that the OHRDP aims to:

  1. Improve the lives of people who use drugs by increasing the opportunities for positive health outcomes;
  2. Improve access to health, social and harm reduction services;
  3. Facilitate knowledge exchange amongst and between service providers regarding safer practices, health and related services in order to support clients in reducing risks with their drug use;

* The harm reduction supplies distributed by the OHRDP to Needle Syringe Programs complement those provided through Public Health (needles, syringes, condoms and biohazard bins).

While specific harm reduction supplies are distributed solely to the provincial Needle Syringe Programs, the education materials listed on our website are for public order so, if interested, please view our resources and library page or contact us for more information.