Regional HIV/AIDS Connection
#30-186 King Street
9:30 am- 9 pm (last injection is 8pm, providing aftercare until 9pm)
Open 7 days a week, including Statutory holidays.
Regional HIV/AIDS Connection is pleased to announce that as of August 5, the Carepoint Consumption and Treatment Service—formerly TOPS (Temporary Overdose Prevention Site)—will operate daily, including on statutory holidays, from 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM.
Carepoint Consumption and Treatment Service is Ontario’s first officially-sanctioned temporary site for people to use their drugs safely and seek services for recovery.
A record number of 58 people have died from opioid overdoses in London-Middlesex in the past year, making supervised consumption facilities sorely needed. These facilities have been shown to improve public order – reducing needle waste and public injection – as well as public health. People tend to use drugs in public areas because they don’t have a safe location to do so otherwise. Supervised Consumption Facilities provide people with a safe and clean place to use drugs.
Since the opening of the TOPS program on February 12, 2018 , we have had 20,000 visits, reversed 125 overdoses and referred over 700 people to medical, addiction treatment and other social supports in the community. Police report no increase in crime-related incidents as a result of CTS and we have helped to facilitate safer injection practices with all those who access the service. This reduces the risk of overdose and the spread of diseases, such as hepatitis C and HIV, and provides an opportunity to connect people who use drugs with treatment and support services in our community.
RHAC has initiated partnerships with the power of wrap-around supports through a variety of organizations, including: Addiction Services Thames Valley (ADSTV), London Intercommunity Health Center (LIHC), London Cares Homeless Response Services (LCHRS), Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Center (SOAHAC), Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU), and Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).
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