Get free naloxone kits


March 14 2018: Purple Heroin Alert: Public Health Services has received multiple reports of overdoses attributed to “Purple Heroin”, a highly toxic fentanyl laced heroin, circulating in the community. This serves as an important reminder to the community that street drugs continue to be cut (mixed) with substances such as fentanyl.

There is no easy way to know what is in your drugs. You can't see it, smell it or taste it. Substances such as fentanyl and carfentanil can be cut (mixed) with other drugs. Even a very small amount can cause an overdose.

September 2017: Public Health Services has received reports of fentanyl laced methamphetamine circulating in the community. This serves as an important reminder to the community that street drugs can be cut (mixed) with substances such as fentanyl.

March 2017: Public Health Services has been notified of reports of a drug called “takeover” or "dirty fentanyl" which is crack laced with fentanyl. Reports are that this drug is causing an immediate and dangerous loss of consciousness. 

December 2016: Be aware that street drugs in Hamilton may contain a deadly opioid drug carfentanil. It is 100 times more toxic than fentanyl and is hidden in other drugs. It will cause more overdoses and deaths.

An opioid overdose is a medical emergency. Prevent opioid overdose death and save lives using the 4 C’s of safety:

  • Careful Use - Don’t use alone, go slow by testing the effect with small amounts first.
  • Carry naloxone - Get a FREE naloxone kit, and training at the following locations:
    • City of Hamilton Public Health Services Harm Reduction program: 905-546-4276.
    • Participating local pharmacies by calling the Drug and Alcohol Helpline: 1-800-565-8603.
  • Call 9-1-1 for every overdose. You, your friend or family member needs hospital care to survive.
  • CPR. Push Hard, Push Fast.

The Hamilton Overdose Prevention Education program, or HOPE program, provides free opioid overdose prevention kits that contain Naloxone. Naloxone (Narcan) is a medicine that can temporarily reverse an opioid overdose. Opioids include street drugs such as heroin, and prescription medications such as oxycodone, morphine, fentanyl, methadone and codeine. Naloxone is safe and is not addictive.

The HOPE program provides:

  • Free overdose prevention kits containing Naloxone to current or past opioid users with no known allergies to Naloxone and to, family members and friends of someone at risk of overdose
  • Training on the signs of overdose, myths, safe use  and how to give the Naloxone
  • Overdose prevention information - call 905-546-4276

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HOPE program hours and locations

You can get a free Naloxone overdose prevention kit and training at one of these locations:

Clinic Address Hours
Street Health Clinic at the
Wesley Centre
195 Ferguson Avenue North, 2nd Floor
Hamilton, Ontario
Monday 9 am to 1 pm
Wednesday 9 am to 1 pm
Friday 9 am to 1 pm

Notre Dame House
Clinic services available for street involved youth 16 to 21 years of age

14 Cannon Street West
Hamilton, Ontario
Tuesday 3:30 to 5:30 pm
The AIDS Network

140 King Street East, Suite 101
Hamilton, Ontario

Last Tuesday of each month
1 to 4 pm
Harm Reduction Room at the Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre

71 Rebecca Street
Hamilton, Ontario

Tuesdays 1 to 3 pm
* except the last Tuesday of each month
The Van needle syringe program

Call or text 905-317-9966
during operating hours

Monday to Sunday 7 to 11 pm

Find a location near you

Naloxone is also available free of charge at many community pharmacies.  You can also call ConnexOntario helpline: 1-800-565-8603 or visit


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