SHARP ADVICE NEEDLE EXCHANGE (S.A.N.E.)
MON – FRI – 8:30AM – 8:00PM 902-539-5556
S.A.N.E. provides safe injection equipment (clean needles, alcohol swabs, filters, ties) and sharps containers for safe disposal of used needles to Cape Bretoners in need. The needle exchange also provides outreach services, as required.
The Needle Exchange is an important preventative program which exists to provide clean needles and syringes for injection drug users. A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in August 1997 provided over 14,000 clean syringes to 275 drug users. The study concluded that providing sterile needles is an inexpensive means of preventing greater health-care costs. The authors of the study estimated the program prevented 24 new HIV infections over five years. This equals huge savings for the health system as the study estimates that the cost of treating HIV and AIDS over a person’s lifetime could total $1.3 million.
Anonymous testing is also available at the offices in Antigonish and Port Hawkesbury by appointment.
Opioid overdose prevention training. We can even come to you! Call Tasha at 902-574-3342
Outreach Street Health
ALLY CENTRE PRIMARY HEALTH CARE CLINIC
MONDAY AND THURSDAY 8:30 TO 2:30 PM
The Ally Centre of Cape Breton now has a primary health care clinic for people from vulnerable populations. This includes people living with stigmatized illnesses such as HIV, HCV, mental health and addiction, homeless people, people in trouble with the law, women escaping domestic violence, sex trade workers and people from the LGBTQ community; we embrace both youth and adults in all the aforementioned situations.
The reason we are hosting the clinic is because folks in such situations tend not to seek healthcare because they fear being stigmatized or because their life style is often a barrier. We aim to reduce these barriers by providing primary health care services in a known non-judgemental and caring environment.
ADDITIONAL HEALTH SERVICES
In addition, the following health services are also available:
Foot care clinic every second Friday. Call 902-567-1766.
Food Bank (for Ally Centre or Needle Exchange clients). Call 902-567-1766/902-539-5556.
Outreach Street Health
Peer counselling is available for people living with HIV or Hepatitis C. These individuals have identified the need for support services to improve their health. The Ally Centre of Cape Breton offers a food bank, housing support and referrals to other agencies as needed.
As well, treatment information, emotional support and a collection of resources is available for people living with HIV or Hepatitis C and their family and friends.
If you are person living in Cape Breton who wishes to make a donation, please get in touch with ACCB staff at 902-567-1766.
S.W.E.E.P. (SEX WORKERS ENCOURAGING AND EMPOWERING THEIR PEERS) FRI & SAT 4:00 TO 7:00 PM
Safe support space for Sex Workers. For more information call 902-567-1766.
Offering phone and internet access, coffee, snacks, safe injection supplies and supportive services.
HEP C SUPPORT
Encouraging testing, treatment and support through Hep C treatment.
ACCB prides itself in being a safe space for all individuals. We operate a drop-in centre Monday to Friday from 10 -12:00, 2 -4:30, 6 – 8:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday 12-3:00 and 4-7:00. Phone and internet access is available. Sometimes free clothing and household items are available. Coffee is always on and staff are present to answer questions about sexual and drug user health or just have a chat!.
ACCB offers a range of public education to schools, workplaces, community organizations and healthcare providers. We are currently offering the following workshops:
AIDS 101: An interactive introduction to HIV/AIDS including discussion of transmission, safer sex, drug use and the social factors of HIV/AIDS.
Intro to Harm Reduction: A presentation on the rationale for harm reduction approaches to drug use. Drug-user health issues, commonly misused drugs and practical ways to reduce harms associated with drug use are the focus.
Hepatitis C 101: This is an interactive session around HCV prevention and treatment.
For more information or to set up a public education session, Christine @ 902-567-1766.