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May 8, 2017


Witness an Overdose? It’s safe to call 911
 
The new Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act protects people who experience or witness an overdose and who call 911 for help.
 
The Act means that you won’t be charged if you call for help during an overdose, if you are in breach of: Parole // Pre-trial release // Probation order // Simple possession // Conditional sentence
 
The Act applies to anyone seeking emergency help during an overdose, including the person overdosing. The Act protects those who either stay or leave from the scene before help arrives.
 
The Act does not protect you if you have outstanding warrants or are producing or trafficking drugs. The changes do not protect you from other crimes not outlined within the Act (e.g., possession of stolen property).

 

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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.

 

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Van Routes

Monday to Thursday

6:35 - 6:45 pm

Stop at 705 Broadway

6:50 - 7:00 pm

Stop at Sargent and McGee St.

7:10 - 7:20 pm 

Main Street area near Higgins

9:45 - 9:50 pm   

Stop on Andrews St. near Selkirk Ave.

10:00 - 10:15 pm 

Stop on Main Street near Jarvis Ave.

10:50 - 11:00 pm

Stop at the corner of Notre Dame and Isabel

11:15 - 11:30 pm

Cruise Assiniboine Ave & Osborne Village

11:35 pm - 12:30 am

North End, Ellice, Sargent, & Juno St.

 

Friday and Saturday

Call 204-981-0742 to find us!

 

 

Frequently-asked questions (FAQ)

What do you mean by harm reduction?

The International Harm Reduction Association defines harm reduction as “policies, programmes and practices that aim to reduce the adverse health, social and economic consequences of the use of legal and illegal psychoactive drugs without necessarily reducing drug consumption.” This means that we help people who use drugs to become as safe and healthy as possible, without insisting that they quit in order to access important services.

 

Harm reduction is neutral and does not judge whether behaviour is ‘right’ or ‘wrong.’ We know that people who use drugs can develop abscesses or catch an infection by sharing used needles and syringes. We try to provide the tools people need to help keep themselves safer. This helps keep us all safer too.