The Ontario Harm Reduction Distribution Program (OHRDP), established in 2006, is a not-for-profit, provincially funded program through the AIDS and Hepatitis C Programs within the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and is located in Kingston, Ontario, as a division of Kingston Community Health Centres. OHRDP provides harm reduction supplies through a licensed distributor, and educational materials to Needle Syringe Programs across Ontario.
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 and Long Term Care (AIDS and Hepatitis C Programs and Addictions and Substances Policy and Programs Unit) 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 equipment, free of charge, from OHRDP:
Safer Injection Supplies:
Safer Smoking Supplies:
The harm reduction supplies provided by OHRDP complement the needles, syringes, condoms and biohazard bins provided through Public Health.