Harm Reduction & Substance Use Information for Health Professionals
Toronto Public Health encourages health professionals to follow these four recommendations:
Refer patients to harm reduction services as appropriate
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
To refer patients call 416-392-0502.
Note: Patients can also self-refer. Provide patients with the link to public web page The Works, and/or the contact information.
Rapid Access to Addiction Medicine (RAAM) clinics:
- 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.
- Sunnybrooke Health Sciences Centre RAAM Clinic:
2075 Bayview Avenue, room B6 34
Open Wednesdays, 2 p.m – 4 p.m.
Phone: 416-480-6100 ext. 6736
Give all patients who use opioids (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 Need Syringe Program at the Works
*More information on how to become a naloxone distributor.