Safe Works Access Program (SWAP) – AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador

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SWAP Office
47 Janeway Place
8:30-12:30 and 1:30-4:30
Tel: (709) 757-7927
Toll Free: 1-800-563-1575 Ext. 24

SWAP Outreach
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Tuesday and Thursday evening
Tel: (709) 757-7927

Contact: Tree Walsh for St. John’s Area by email at, and Jessica Hackett for the West Coast at



To assist clients in reducing the risks related to substance use, and to provide the support, education and referrals required to enhance personal health. SWAP’s goal is to reduce harm related to substance abuse and other risky behaviour, including but not limited to: harm related to HIV infection and transmission; harm related to Hepatitis B and C infection and transmission; harm related to wound infection or improper injection practices; and Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Kits.

Target Population:

Any substance users wishing to reduce their risks through access to information, sterile equipment, and related support. Anyone needing a Naloxone Kit.

Highlight of Programs / Services:

  • The Safe Works Access Program works from a Harm Reduction philosophy. Harm reduction is one of the most effective tools in addressing the health and social problems related to risky behaviour. Harm reduction is based on dealing with the person “where they are at” – respecting, honouring and supporting their ability to make decisions. One of these decisions may be to use drugs or to engage in other higher-risk behaviours. People use substances for many social, economic, physical health, mental health and personal reasons.
  • Harm Reduction strategies encourage people to build their strengths and to gain a sense of confidence. They can help someone move to a state of control from one of chaos.
  • Supplies available from SWAP include:
    • Needles
    • Safe Disposal of used needles
    • Sharps containers
    • Filters
    • Alcohol
    • Prep-pads
    • Cookers
    • Sterile water
    • Ties/tourniquets
    • Crack Pipes/Brass Screens/Mouth Pieces
    • Steroid needles and information
    • Basic personal care items (when available)
    • Safer injection & vein maintenance information
    • HIV and Hepatitis C information
    • Condoms, lubrication
    • Support, referrals


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