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We believe in and support harm reduction.

A needle exchange is a place where you can pick up free kits for safer injection drug use and safer inhalation (crack smoking). Needle exchanges give out these kits so people do not share drug use equipment. This will help to reduce infections like HIV or Hepatitis C.

A needle exchange is a confidential service. You only need to give basic information about yourself (first name, age, preferred drug).

You can find the needle exchange at three places:

  • St. Leonard’s Community Services: 225 Fairview Drive, Unit #1, Brantford
    • 7 days a week, 365 days a year
    • 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • St. Leonard’s Community Services: 133 Elgin Street, Brantford
    • Monday to Friday
    • 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • The Brantford Clinic: 205 Colborne Street, Brantford
    • Monday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Tuesday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
    • Closed Saturday and Sunday.

The Brant County Health Unit offers naloxone kits and training to help prevent opioid drug overdoses. Naloxone is a medication that blocks the effects of opioid overdose. Naloxone kits are given to anyone who uses opioid drugs. Call the Health Unit to book a time for training and to get a naloxone kit.

We also train family and friends who would like to know more about how to prevent drug overdose, the signs of an overdose, and what to do when you see someone overdosing.

You can get free naloxone kits and training at many pharmacies in Brantford and Brant County. To find a pharmacy near you, phone ConnexOntario helpline: 1-800-565-8603. Anyone can pick up kits from the pharmacy (friends and family of people who use opioid drugs, service providers).

Become familiar with Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines tips to help you decide when, where, why and how to drink more safely (Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse: pdf).

Local Help Lines
  • Brant Erie Alcoholics Anonymous: 519-752-5981
  • Holmes House Crisis Line: 519-428-1911 or 1-888-999-4966

Provincial Help Lines

  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health: 1-800-463-6273
  • Drug and Alcohol Registry of Treatment: 1-800-565-8603
    • Main Line : 1-800-686-7544 (information and support for IV drug users)
  • Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
  • Motherisk (drug and alcohol information for pregnant women): 416-813-6780

Referrals Counseling and Addiction Treatment

  • 24-Hour Crisis Support line (16 years +): 519-759-7188 or 1-866-811-7188
  • Addiction and Mental Health Programs: 519-754-0253
  • Mental Health Walk-in Clinic (call for hours): 519-754-0253
  • Woodview Children Centre, Crisis Response Service: 519-209-6788


Alcohol During Pregnancy

Alcohol Liability

Educator & Health Care Professional Awareness

Harm Reduction

Impaired Driving

Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines

Parent & Youth Awareness

Needle Exchange
and Overdose Prevention

519-753-4937 ext. 471

​Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines
519-753-4937 ext. 472

Alcoholics Anonymous Brantford

Narcotics Anonymous Norfolk Brant

Overdose Prevention: ConnexOntario

St. Leonard's Mental Health
Crisis Line

Toll Free 1-866-811-7188