The Health Unit uses a harm reduction lens when developing community programs and policies. This means we recognize that a certain percentage of the population will use drugs and the goal is to reduce the harm that might result from drug use. Harm reduction decreases the adverse health, social and economic consequences of substance use for the user and the community without requiring abstinence. For more information regarding drugs and the Health Unit’s programs and resources, visit the following webpages:

  • Cannabis
    Learn more about this drug and how to reduce the risk of harm.
  • Fentanyl and carfentanil
    Learn more about these two toxic opioids and where to get a naloxone kit.
  • Naloxone
    Naloxone is a safe medication that helps prevent opioid overdoses. Find out more here, including how to get a free kit.
  • Needle Exchange Program 
    Needle exchange services have been proven to reduce the spread of infection without increasing intravenous drug use.
  • Teacher Resources
    Find in-classroom teaching resources about substance misuse prevention.
  • Parent Resources
    Information from Parent Action on Drugs and Drug Free Kids Canada can help parents understand the issues and prevent substance misuse. 

North Bay

345 Oak Street West

Parry Sound

70 Joseph Street Unit #302

Burk's Falls

17 Copeland Street (by appointment only)