Harm Reduction

Lower the risk and lessen the harm

The principles that guide our approach

The Principles of Harm Reduction

Pragmatism

Accepts the fact that non-medical substance use is a reality around the world.

Human Rights

Respects the basic human dignity and rights of all people who use drugs.

Focus on Harms

Prioritizes decreasing the negative consequences of drug use to the user and others.

Maximize Intervention Options

Avoids a one-size-fits-all approach and recognizes the importance of a variety of different types of interventions.

Priority of Immediate Goals

Meets the person where they are and focuses on incremental gains that can build over time.

Involvement of People Who Use Drugs

Values the important experience of people with lived and living experience of drug use and includes their perspective in a meaningful way.

Ways we can help you lower your risk

Full-service harm reduction program

  • Safer injection equipment (needles, cookers, ties, swaps, sharps, and Vit C)
  • Safer inhalation kits (stem pipes and bubble pipes)
  • Safer snorting kits (plastic or paper straws) 
  • Safer foil kits (foil, hooters)
  • Naloxone kits and overdose prevention training
  • Drug Checking Program
  • Outreach nursing services on Wednesday afternoon
  • Drop-in programs for support, coffee, computer or phone use
  • Supportive listening, case management, and health navigation
  • Health and harm reduction education programs
  • Free condoms and dental dams
  • Mitts, socks, hygiene supplies
  • Referral and advocacy services

Needle and Pipe Program

6189 6th Avenue - Cook Street window

Weekdays from 8:30am to 5:30pm (closed statutory holidays)

Outreach Van

Every night from 5:30pm to 9:30pm

Supervised Consumption Site

6189 6th Avenue - 5th Avenue entrance

Everyday from 10:30am to 9:30pm (closed statutory holidays)

In Yukon communities, please contact your local Mental Wellness and Substance Use Services Hub.

Or, call Blood Ties Rural Partnership Coordinator:

What to do if you find a needle

Used Needle Disposal & Pickup

If you find a needle that has been tossed, follow these steps:

  • Never use your hands to pick up a needle!
  • If possible, have someone stay with the needle to prevent anyone from getting poked.

In Whitehorse:

  • Call Blood Ties Four Directions Centre at 857-633-2437 Monday-Friday 8:30am to 12 noon and 1:00pm to 4:30pm
  • Call or text the Outreach Van at 867-334-1647 from Monday-Saturday 5:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Don’t put your hands anywhere there might be a needle hidden.

Outside Whitehorse:

  • Call the RCMP or the local Community Health Centre for advice.

If you or someone else is pricked by a used needle:

Get support from people who understand

Breakfast Club

Blood Ties’ Drug User Group or also known as the 'Breakfast Club', meets weekly to discuss various topics including drug use. A peer leader and a staff support person co-facilitate the group. 

Conversations are on subjects like safe injecting practices, accessing safe drugs, overdose prevention, grief support, advocacy & empowerment, and access to services.

Anyone who is at any stage of the drug use journey is welcome! Come find support by being with people who understand. 

The group meets Tuesday Mornings from 10:30am-11:30am. There is a small stipend for participation and attendance.

If you’d like to be involved or want more information, contact:
Celia
Celia
Pratt
Drug Checking Coordinator