Injection Drug User Program (IDU) is supported by the AIDS Bureau of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and aims to reduce the rate of HIV and other blood borne infections, reduce harms associated with drugs including overdose, and to improve access to health and social services.
The IDU Educator supports a diverse client population including people living with HIV/AIDS and/or Hepatitis C, homeless/under housed individuals, street-involved youth, ex-prisoners and sex workers by promoting positive prevention and engaging people who use drugs. The IDU Educator works to connect clients with a range of health and community supports.
The goals of the program are to:
- Educate people who inject drugs about the health risks associated with injection drug use
- Educate health and social services about harm reduction approaches to support people who inject drugs
- Provide information and materials necessary to practice safer drug use and safer sex
- Work with peers to provide education and harm reduction supplies at Satellite locations
- Make referrals to other social services and health care services and support (including, counselling, treatment centres, housing supports, etc.)
- Provide access to Anonymous & Rapid HIV Screening Test (Point of care)
If you would like to arrange a presentation in our agency/group or to get more information about the IDU program call (416) 703-8482 ext. 2118 or by email.