Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Topic Summary

Needle Exchange Programs (NEPs) FAQs

This publication has been archived on the CCSA website and was current when it was published. It is available for reference or research purposes.

Addresses some issues and questions about needle exchange programs (NEPs) in Canada, a harm reduction measure for injection drug users. These frequently asked questions address the risks of injection drug use and conclude that, despite public concerns, NEPs are not a danger to the public and can increase the likelihood that injection drug users will seek treatment.

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