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SWAP

The ACNL provides various services to people living with and/or affected by HIV/AIDS or Hepititis C, we also provide services to the general population of the province.
For information about the services we provide please click the links below.

HIV Services
Safe Works Access Program (SWAP)
Supportive Housing
The Tommy Sexton Emergency Shelter

To access SWAP from other areas in Newfoundland and Labrador call
757-7927 (SWAP)

634-7927 (SWAP)
 

Our services include:

  • providing clean supplies
  • disposal of used equipment
  • support
  • referrals
     

We offer a MOBILE ONLY service on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00-10:00pm in the Corner Brook area.  If you live outside of Corner Brook we can make arrangements to send supplies to you at another time. Call 634-SWAP to request a delivery or pick up.

757-7927 (SWAP)

Tommy Sexton Center
47 Janeway Place
Monday-Friday
8:30-12:30 and 1:30-4:30
 

SWAP Outreach
Call for delivery
Tuesday and Thursday evening
7:30-10:30
 

Supplies available from SWAP

  • Needles
  • Safe Disposal of used needles
  • Sharps containers
  • Filters
  • Alcohol
  • Prep-pads
  • Cookers
  • Sterile water
  • Ties/tourniquets
  • Crack kits
  • Sharps containers
  • Steroid needles – information
  • Basic personal care items (when available)
  • Safer injection & vein maintenance information
  • HIV and Hepatitis C information
  • condoms, lubrication
  • Support, referrals

 

All Services are supplied in a safe and confidential manner

The SWAP program is offered in multiple locations, click the link below that applies to you:

St. John's
Corner Brook
Other Locations

It can happen fast, the person passing out before they even get the works out of their arm, or it can happen slow, 15-20 minutes after they’ve had their hit. It can even happen when they’ve seemingly crashed out on the couch or in bed, sometime during the night. In fact, the usual time for an OD to happen is 3 hours after the drugs have been taken! It can depend on the amount and types of drugs taken and the way they were taken. Just because you might not inject does not mean you can’t OD on something else.
 

Signs to watch out for:

  • Have they gone blue/grey in the face (look at the...

You’ve only got one set of veins. If you take care of them, they’ll last longer. Once veins collapse they are gone for good.
Improving your injecting skill can really reduce vein damage and stop some of the serious conditions that affect people with lots of collapsed veins. It can also prevent you from having to move to riskier and more unsafe sites to inject.
 

Always Remember
Go slow. Be gentle.
Rotate sites to let your veins heal.
Use the smallest needle possible.
 

WHY?
You've only got one set of veins.  If you give them a break when they have been damaged by injecting, they have a better...

 

 

This information was provided by CATIE (Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange). For more information, contact CATIE at 1.800.263.1638 or info@catie.ca.

What is Hep C?:
Hepatitis C (Hep C) is a liver disease caused by the Hepatitis C virus.
 

Transmission:
Hep C is transmitted (passed from person to person) from blood to blood only. People can get Hepatitis C when blood carrying the virus gets into their bloodstream.
Here are some of the ways Hepatitis C can get inside the body:

  • Using drug equipment that has been used by someone else, such as needles, syringes, filters, cookers, acidifiers, alcohol swabs, tourniquets, water, pipes for smoking crack or crystal meth, and straws for snorting.
  • Re-using tools for activities that break the skin,...

Philosophy
Harm Reduction is one of the most effective tools in addressing the health and social problems related to risky behaviour.  Harm reduction is based on dealing with the client “where they are at” – respecting, honouring and supporting their ability to make decisions.  One of these decisions may be to use drugs or to engage in other higher-risk behaviours.  People become harmfully involved in substance use for many social, economic, physical health, mental health and personal reasons.

Harm Reduction strategies encourage people to build strengths and to gain a sense of confidence. ...

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