The Van Needle Syringe Program

Carfentanil Alert for Hamilton

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

What you can do:

  • Always call 911 for an overdose. You need hospital care to survive.
  • Get a naloxone overdose kit and training: 905-546-4276 or 1-800-565-8603
  • Use smaller amounts of drugs and don’t inject the whole dose at once.
  • Be with someone else when using. 

The Van Needle Syringe program provides needles, safe injection supplies and needle disposal.

The Van Needle Syringe program hours

The Van Needle Syringe program operates Monday to Saturday 8 pm to 12 midnight.

Services are not available during the day. For information Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm call Public Health Services at 905-546-3541.

How to access the Van Needle Syringe program

Access the Van Needle Syringe program during operating hours by:

  • Calling or texting 905-317-9966

Leave a message and we will call you back.  All services are confidential; we do not share information with others.

Call the Van early so we can get to you before midnight. The Van services are not available during the daytime.

We provide the following services from a mobile van:

  • Delivery of free needles, condoms and safe injection supplies such as alcohol swabs, sterile water, cookers, ascorbic acid and filters. Supplies are not available to diabetic clients.
  • Sharps containers and disposal of needles.
  • Counselling and referrals for drug and alcohol use, detox, health care and shelters.
  • Refills of overdose prevention kits.  Find out where to get new overdose prevention kits and training.

These services are offered to prevent blood borne infections such as HIV and hepatitis infections by helping clients avoid shared needles and equipment. 

Contact the AIDS Network to complete an application if you are interested in volunteering for the Van Needle Syringe program.