The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit has partnered with the AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area (ACNBA) to provide another sharps bin in the community.
It’s located at 147 McIntyre Street West, suite 102, which is the ACNBA office.
The bin is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for discarded sharps.
“This bin will help increase awareness of how to discard used syringes safely in the community while providing additional opportunities for harm reduction education and support,” says Caitlin Dobratz, Hepatitis C Community Coordinator at ACNBA. “This bin further works to reduce the stigma that is often associated with substance use and will help reduce the risk of needle stick injuries. It will also help to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C, helping to keep people safe and healthy,”
The Health Unit says harm reduction services, including the distribution of safer substance use equipment and sharps drop off, will still be available in North Bay at the Health Unit, ACNBA, the Ontario Addiction Treatment Centre, and other locations throughout the community.
The other community sharps bin is located at the Community Counselling Centre, 361 McIntyre Street East.