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**NEWS: Free take-home naloxone kits are now available to people who inject opioid drugs, like fentanyl, morphine, and heroin. For more information, visit our Overdose page or call us at 204-981-0742.
Street Connections is a mobile public health service. Our goal is to reduce the spread of sexually-transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs), including hepatitis C and HIV, and reduce other drug-related harms.
We are part of Healthy Sexuality and Harm Reduction in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority's (WRHA) Population and Public Health Program.
Public health nurses and outreach workers staff our van, which drives around the city every evening except Sunday. You can also find us during the day from Monday to Friday in our office on the main floor of 496 Hargrave St.
We base our services on a harm reduction philosophy. This means that we support programs and policies that improve the health of people who use drugs and support people in their efforts to keep themselves and the larger community safe, without judging people for their sexual or drug use practices.
Monday to Thursday
Friday and Saturday
Call 204-981-0742 to find us!
Frequently-asked questions (FAQ)
A harm reduction program costs little compared to its savings. A 2015 review found that harm reduction services "can be cost-effective by most thresholds in the short-term and cost-saving in the long-term." A single needle costs about 10 cents, much less than treating the infections it can prevent. Conservative estimates place the ratio of savings-to-costs at about 4:1. Australia’s government estimated that their harm reduction programs had prevented approximately 21,000 hepatitis C infections after about a decade of operation, saving about $738 million. That’s a significant savings to taxpayers due to preventable health care expenses.
This approach is endorsed by major medical and legal organizations:
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- United States Institute of Medicine
- Global Fund World Bank
- International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
- UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health
In addition, 84 countries support harm reduction in policy or practice. 77 countries have clean needle programs.