John Howard Society of Durham Region

Harm Reduction / Project X-Change

Project X-Change

Project X-Change is a Harm Reduction program dedicated to protecting the general public and substance users from contamination caused by indiscriminate disposal in public areas and use of infected items.  The program provides access to sterile needles and other single-use sterile items such as water, alcohol swabs, Vitamin C, cookers and filters as well as condoms and latex-free tourniquets.  Referrals to a variety of services ranging from Health Care to Addiction Treatment Programs are available upon request along with safer injection and safer sex information for people engaging in at-risk activities.

Naloxone kits and easy to use nasal spray refills are now available for you or someone you know that is at-risk of an opioid overdose. Naloxone spray can temporarily reverse an opioid overdose.

Project X-Change is funded by the Durham Region Health Department and has satellite site partnerships with the Aids Committee of Durham Region,  Pinewood Centre and Mental Health Service.  We are also an active member of the Durham Harm Reduction Coalition.

The public is encouraged to access the services of Project X-Change, available in our Oshawa, Whitby and Bowmanville offices from Monday to Friday. Our mobile outreach workers operate evenings,,Monday to Friday from 6 – 11 pm.

To find an exchange location  near you:

To find a community sharps disposal bin near you:

Please note, Exchanges are not available between 12 and 1pm Monday through Thursday, and 12 – 1:30pm on Fridays at fixed site locations.
Beth Whalen, Coordinator, Harm Reduction Services
For service after 6pm, 905-440-5410 or 905-440-5387

Additional resources you may find useful:

Article in the Oshawa This Week
Addicts turn to Heroin, other drugs, to replace OxyContin”

The Canadian Aids Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE) or 1-800-263-1638

Webinars covering Opioids, Pain & Addiction, and more. Fantastic self-learning materials