Safer Supply Program
The Safer Supply Program is an extension of the traditional harm reduction support and services currently being offered through Sanguen Health Centre in partnership with The Working Centre. The Safer Supply program received funding from Health Canada in response to the devastating impacts of the opioid crises in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.
The Safer Supply program focuses on a team-based, person-centered approach within a community-based model of care. Through this program, physicians and Nurse Practitioners prescribe legal, pharmaceutical opioids to participants to replace the toxic street supply. Our program further offers stability for clients by providing support around a participant’s substance use and other social determinants of health. We strive to provide a safe environment, free from judgement and stigma, utilizing an inclusive and non-punitive approach to care. We work within an interdisciplinary team to support participants with their social and health related goals.
Who can participate in the program?
This program is offered to individuals who use unregulated, street-level opioids and are at high risk of overdose and overdose related death. Criteria is determined once the referral form is processed. To be eligible for this program, you must reside in Kitchener-Waterloo.
What is expected of the program participants?
Each participant is required to adhere to a set of guidelines to participate in the program. The guidelines are reviewed during the initial intake and in the Program Agreement and include but are not limited to:
- Participants will be expected to attend scheduled appointments with their doctor/Nurse Practitioner
- Submit urine samples
- Pick up their medication as directed at their specified pharmacy.
- Participants will not sell or otherwise divert their Safer Supply medication. Diversion represents a reason for removal from the Safer Supply program.
Referrals will be closed until further notice. For more information about the Safer Supply Program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our general line at 519-465-4275
The Safer Supply Program received support from the Government of Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program.