The Needle Exchange Program operates three fixed sites at:
- ANKORS office in Nelson
- New Denver Health Center
Serge Popoff, the Needle Exchange coordinator runs a mobile service through out the Kootenay Boundary region on a monthly schedule. Please call (250)777-0733.
ANKORS is looking for other agencies, organizations or health service providers
to be trained by ANKORS staff in Harm Reduction and Prevention techniques
to safely provide Needle Exchange services that operate as a volunteer Needle
Exchange Fixed Site in communities of the West Kootenay and Boundary region.
The ANKORS Needle Exchange Program has become part of a comprehensive approach
to the prevention of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B & C and other harms associated
with the use of drugs. It is an integral and vital component of the effort
to stem the spread of HIV/AIDS, Hep B & C and other harms associated
with risky behaviour.
Since it's inauguration in August 1998, the ANKORS Needle Exchange Program has made substantial changes; primarily in it's mobile unit operation. In addition to providing service to the more isolated people in the region who inject drugs, the Needle Exchange Coordinator is now doing more street outreach including:
We also continue to develop community within the IV drug using population by fostering a sense of responsibility, a sense of personal power by networking together to make change and facilitating peer education. Within the broader community, we continue our efforts in education and myth busting.
- Visiting people's homes.
- Talking to people on the street, both drug users and those at risk of harm.
- Attending raves and other events.
- Actively working to find new pockets of drug use within different populations.
Needle Exchange Hours
An important component of community building is reaching out and networking
with those affected by drug use.
This includes those that use drugs, family and loved ones, businesses in our communities and the communities at large.
Community building helps minimize risk and harms associated with the use of drugs.
9 – 12pm and 1 – 4pm Monday to Thursday.
Serge Popoff – Needle Exchange Coordinator
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org |
Needle Exchange Hours
Tuesdays and Thursdays 2 - 4pm
Info on needle exchange outreach for East Kootenays coming soon.
Inquiries - Ph: (250)426-3383 | email@example.com
Harm Reduction Supplies are also available through Mental Health and Addiction Services in Trail, Castlegar, and Nelson, Pharmasave in Grand Forks, and at all public health offices in the Kootenay Boundary region.