The Van / Harm Reduction program




The Van

The VAN is a confidential service that travels anywhere in Hamilton and is available at a requested meeting spot.

A mobile van will deliver clean needles and harm reduction supplies to you upon request. Some of the supplies available on The VAN are:

  • Condoms
  • Lube
  • Safe piercing kits
  • Cookers/spoons
  • 10 packs of 1cc syringes
  • 2 hit kits
  • Ties
  • 10 packs of 28g
  • 10 packs of 26.5g
  • 3ml syringes
  • 1cc syringes
  • Needle tips of different sizes
  • Alcohol swabs/prep pads
  • Sterile water
  • Sharps containers
  • Educational pamphlets and information on things such as vein care, safer injection information, coping with triggers, etc.

The Van

Other van services include

  • Information about safe injection
  • Referral cards for multiple services in the community including addiction counselling and detox
  • Everyone is encouraged to return used needles

The Van

The VAN has collaborative partnerships with community agencies such as:

Hamilton AIDS Network: contracted outreach worker, Van volunteers
Elizabeth Fry Society outreach staff
Harm Reduction Worker from PHS Mental Health Program
Public Health Nurses

To contact the Van, please call: 905-317-9966. You may call at any time during the day and leave a voice message and we will return your phone call at beginning of shift.

Operates: Monday - Saturday, 8pm – midnight (excluding statutory holidays)