Needle Exchange Program (NEP)

The Needle Exchange Program is part of Ontario’s harm reduction program and is offered by Southwestern Public Health to provide sterile, single use equipment to help prevent the spread of HIV, Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B. Our services are free and confidential.

cabinet with needle supplies

Supplies/Services available Include:

  • Needles
  • Syringes
  • Cookers/Spoons
  • Filters
  • Sterile Water
  • Alcohol swabs
  • Non-latex Tourniquets
  • Safer inhalation kits
  • Snorting Kits
  • Vitamin C
  • Condoms
  • Dental Dams
  • Educational Resources
  • Testing for any Blood Borne Infections or STI’s
  • Used needle disposal (see how to dispose of dirty needles safely below)

Although clients are encouraged to return any used equipment they are not required to ‘trade in’ used equipment for new supplies.

Needle exchange sites
Elgin-St. Thomas

Southwestern Public Health - St. Thomas site
1230 Talbot St, Clinical Services, Main Floor St. Thomas, ON
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Central Community Health Centre (CCHC)
359 Talbot Street, St Thomas, ON
Monday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

West Elgin Community Health Centre (Main Entrance and to the Left)
153 Main Street, West Lorne, ON
Second and Fourth Thursday of each month, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.        

Oxford County

Southwestern Public Health - Woodstock site                                             
410 Buller Street                                                                                                 
Woodstock, Ontario       
Monday-Friday 8:30-12:00 and 1:00-4:30

171 Thames St. South
Ingersoll, ON
Monday & Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. - noon
Tuesday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
For more information call 519-303-0580                                     

​Ontario Addiction Treatment Centre (OATC)
5 Ridout St. E., Tillsonburg
Monday & Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday - 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
More information: 519-409-6282

The Livingston Centre
96 Tillson Avenue
Tillsonburg, Ontario
Tuesday 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


For more information visit:

Illegal Drugs

BC Centre for Disease Control

CATIE: Canada’s Source for HIV and Hepatitis C Information

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Ontario Harm Reduction Program

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Addiction Services Thames Valley


What is the Ontario Harm Reduction Program (OHRDP)?

What to do if you find a dirty needle, syringe or mouthpiece

What to do if you prick yourself with a dirty needle

The Needle Exchange Program and Hepatitis C                                           

Last Updated: November 23, 2017
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