The Northern Healthy Connections Society is a non-discriminatory and non-judgmental environment.
Northern Healthy Connections Society (NHCS) is a community-based, non-profit organization in Truro, Nova Scotia.
NHCS began as a resource centre for people living with HIV/AIDS in Northern Nova Scotia. Now in 2020, it provides a multitude of Harm Reduction services such as a Needle Distribution and Disposal fixed site and Mobile Outreach, community programs like the Photovoice Project, and a vast library of resources related to substance use, safer sex, diversity and 2SLGBTQ+ support, overdose prevention, and local treatment programs.
What is a Needle Distribution and Disposal Site?
Simply put, a Needle Distribution and Disposal Site (or Needle Exchange) is a place where clients can bring used needles and “exchange” them for fresh sterile ones.
Pharmacies and other medical facilities may also fall under the category of “needle exchanges.”
Why is a Needle Exchange necessary?
Needle use is a fact of life for many people. Clients may be persons who use substances (PWUS), home care workers, people with chronic illness or injury, or people undergoing medical treatments that may require injection equipment. None of these concerns are mutually exclusive and clients do not need to disclose their reason for accessing a Needle Exchange program. Consideration for the safety and well-being of all people is the goal of Needle Exchange programs like NHCS.
Ways to Support NHCS
NHCS is a registered charitable organization! Make a monetary donation to help support funding for community programs and Harm Reduction services or drop off unused, sealed personal items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, personal hygiene products and sanitary products.
Volunteerism is also a rewarding way to connect with the community. NHCS offers a variety of volunteer positions within the organization and requires no previous experience in Harm Reduction services. Contact NHCS to find out what volunteer roles are available now.