Harm Reduction & Substance Use Information for Health Professionals
People who use drugs may require access to various services, and don’t always disclose their drug use to their primary care provider.
Toronto Public Health encourages health professionals to follow these four recommendations:
The Works Program at TPH offers a range of services including:
- harm reduction supply distribution
- counselling and support
- Methadone Works – Opioid Substitution Clinic
- naloxone kit distribution (>POINT Program) and overdose recognition and response training
- testing and vaccination
- general nursing care
- mobile outreach
- supervised injection services
- support for community agencies
For more information call 416-392-0502.
Note: Patients can self-refer. Provide patients with the link to The Works Harm Reduction Services, and/or the contact information. Let your patients know that services are offered through anonymous walk-ins.
Rapid Access to Addiction Medicine (RAAM) Clinics
- Sunnybrooke Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital, Women’s College Hospital, St. James Town Health Centre clinics & Toronto Western Hospital Clinic
- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) RAAM clinic:
Bell Gateway Building, 100 Stokes St, 3rd Floor
Open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Michael Garron Hospital RAAM clinic:
825 Coxwell Avenue, 1st Floor, central registration
Open Tuesdays and Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
If you suspect your client is using drugs, give them (and friends/family members) a naloxone kit*, or educate them on where they can get one:
- Ontario Locator
- Some Toronto community health centres:
- Sherbourne Health Centre (416-324-4100)
- South Riverdale CHC (416-461-1925)
- Regent Park CHC (416-364-2261)
- Parkdale CHC (416-537-2455)
- Queen West CHC (416-703-8480)
- Toronto Public Health the Works Harm Reductions Services, 416-392-0502
* More information on how to become a naloxone distributor.
- Toward THE Heart Campaign – Health Professionals site
- Naloxone Training app (towardTHEheart.com)
- Guide for Using Non-stigmatized Language Poster
- Respectful Language and Stigma Regarding People Who Use Substances – Guide for Healthcare Workers
- Compassionate Engagement Online Modules (designed by people who use drugs for use by those who provide services to them – health care providers, frontline service providers, managers and leadership)