Our Approach

Nine Circles operates from a harm reduction approach, empowering you to make informed choices
based on accurate information and a range of options without judgement. Harm reduction refers to
evidence-based research, policies, programmes and practices that aim to minimize negative health,
social and legal impacts associated with the stigma and criminalization of activities related to
sex and substance use.

The Pit Stop’s Harm Reduction Services

At Nine Circles, we offer these free services to anyone who needs them, including:

  • Distribution of safer drug use supplies (including safer injection and safer crack use kits)
  • Access to safer sex supplies and take home HIV INSTI self-tests
  • Access to free take-home-naloxone for anyone at risk of an opioid overdose and training on how to use naloxone
  • Practical supports to reduce harm and transmission of STBBIs
  • Access to hygiene and menstrual items, footwear, wound care kits, food and beverages and seasonal items like toques, hats and baseball caps (supplies availability subject to change)

How To Access These Services

You can access any of these services at The Pit Stop (open 9:00 am – 4:55 pm, Monday – Friday), located at our main reception desk. Anyone can come and refill and refuel for 10-15 minutes before heading to their next stop. Our friendly Community Hosts and Health Education Facilitators will greet you and can offer referrals and helpful harm reduction advice. If you are looking for harm reduction supplies outside our hours or a map of where to dispose of used needles, please visit Street Connections.

Our clients and community members love our harm reduction services, especially The Pit Stop. Here are a few things our clients have said about our services.

“Y’all are always so nice and welcoming, and I love that there’s no judgement whatsoever. Thank you guys for doing this for the people who are in need of the supplies and other things you offer.”

“Thank you for your services they are greatly appreciated.”

I love that this is a service in my community.”

Get Involved

Harm Reduction Peer Advisory (HRPA)

Nine Circles Community Health Centre values and aims to involve people who use drugs in our programming. To that end, Nine Circles has formed a Harm Reduction Peer Advisory group.

  • Give ideas and viewpoints to Nine Circles about how we can we can improve our services.
  • Attend meetings, assist with client surveys and co facilitate workshops and education sessions.

How can I get involved?

Talk to the staff at the harm reduction desk to let them know you are interested or contact: education@ninecircles.ca

Volunteer With Us

Volunteer with the Pit Stop today! Sign up for this and all other Nine Circle’s opportunities by visiting our volunteer information page.