AMS Harm Reduction Resource List & Map

UBC Harm Reduction Resource List & Map

UBC Harm Reduction Resource List & Map

The AMS VP External and VP Academic have collaborated on a Substance Use Health Resource List and Map showing where you can pick up harm reduction supplies at UBC and Greater Vancouver (such as naloxone kits and fentanyl strips), places where you can get your substances tested, and other services that offer injection sites, naloxone and other harm reduction training, mental health support, etc.  

These services will be updated periodically- let us know if there’s any that we can add! Contact us at vpexternal@ams.ubc.ca or vpacademic@ams.ubc.ca 

On Campus Resources

  • UBC Housing
    • All UBC Housing residences keep an AED and nasal naloxone on the wall next to their front desk which is for use but not to take home.
  • UBC Wellness Centre (wellness.centre@ubc.ca)
    • Located in Room 1400 of the UBC LIFE Building (6138 Student Union Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1)
    • Free and anonymous pick up of fentanyl test strips from front table.
    • Free and anonymous naloxone training and kits available
    • Canvas course available online: SAVE Lives: Harm Reduction & Naloxone Training
    • Substance Use Health Booths are available for booking at student group events and offer education on safer partying skills, harm reduction and substance use.
  • Pharmacies on Campus
    • If you are looking for a naloxone kit immediately all BC Pharmacies carry free naloxone kits for take home use. Online naloxone use training is available at NaloxoneTraining.com 
    • Shoppers Drug Mart, located by the trolley bus loop near the bookstore – Dentistry Building, 5940 University Boulevard, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
    • Shoppers Drug Mart in Wesbrook Village –  5968 Webber Lane, Vancouver, BC V6S 0J9
    • Save-On-Foods Pharmacy in Wesbrook Village – 5945 Berton Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6S 0B3
    • Both of these pharmacies offer appointments for Opioid Agonist Therapy
  • Nurse on Campus Booths
  • UBC Student Assistance Program
    • Offered by Aspiria, the UBC Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a free, 24/7 wellness resource for students. Services include personal counselling, life coaching, group programs and more based on your needs.
    • If immediate support is needed call toll-free 1 833 590 1328 if you’re in North America and call collect  1 604 757 9734 if you’re outside North America
    • Appointments with counsellors can also be made through the website; or mobile app, but both will take 1 to 2 business days for a response. Instructions on how to use the website and/or app are available here.
  • AMS Peer Support
    • Located in Room 3125 of the NEST (6133 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1)
    • Free and anonymous pick up of fentanyl test strips
    • Offers the following workshops on substance use by request
      • BCCDC Group Naloxone Training (60 min)
      • AMS Peer Support basics – Service introduction and brief mental health strategies (15 mins)
      • “Wanna Get a Drink Sometime?” – Introduction to alcohol harm reduction
      • “Let’s Talk Harm Reduction” – Harm reduction and substance use overview
      • “How Can I help?” – An introduction to supporting peers with mental health concerns
      • “Cannabasics” – Introduction to cannabis harm reduction
  • AMS SASC
    • Located in Room 3130 of the NEST (6133 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1)
    • Free and anonymous pick up of fentanyl test strips
    • Free and anonymous pick up of naloxone kits and naloxone training as well as safer use supplies including pipes, straws, screens, water etc. 
    • Free and anonymous pick up of pregnancy and ovulation tests as well as safer sex supplies
    • Sharps disposal container on site
  • AMS Resource Groups Lobby
    • Located on the second floor of the NEST, by the Hatch art gallery (6133 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1)
    • Free and anonymous pick up of fentanyl test strips 
  • UBC Collegia
    • Free fentanyl test strip pick up in all 7 Collegia spaces – available for members
  • UBC Student Recovery Community (SRC)
    • One-on-one peer support that is private and confidential available during drop-in hours or by appointment
    • Join a peer-based recovery support group and find community with other students navigating recovery here
  • UBC Counselling Services
    • One-on-one counselling related to substance use, same day or by appointment
    • Group counselling available both in-person and online
    • Indigenous counsellor available for Indigenous student support and counselling
    • Embedded counsellors in different faculties and departments to support with department specific concerns and to offer individual counselling and referrals.
  • AMS NEST Needle Disposal Sites
    • Needle disposal bins are located in the second floor bathrooms of the NEST and at AMS SASC

Off Campus Resources

  • Get Your Drugs Tested Harm Reduction & Education Centre
    • 880 Hastings St E, Vancouver
    • free, fast analysis of drugs in person or by mail
    • certified as a overdose prevention site by VCH
    • use both FTIR and immunoassay strips (fentanyl and benzodiazepines) in their drug checking services
    • free fentanyl drug test strips
  • HIM – Davie St Health Centre
    • #416-1033 Davie St
    • can order free safer sex, safer substance use, and hormone injection supplies
    • take home fentanyl drug test strips
    • FTIR Spectrometer testing
    • PnP & Me program
      • program designed to support gay, bi, queer men, and gender diverse people who use meth in achieving health goals related to sexualized substance use (party and play)
      • peer-led drop-in program, individual counselling, and referrals to services
  • Insite
    • 139 E Hastings St
    • use both FTIR and immunoassay strips (fentanyl and benzodiazepines) in their drug checking services
    • free fentanyl drug test strips
    • supervised consumption site
  • Overdose Prevention Society (OPS)
    • 58 E Hastings St
    • use both FTIR and immunoassay strips (fentanyl and benzodiazepines) in their drug checking services
  • SisterSpace
    • 135 Dunlevy Ave, Vancouver
    • The world’s first and only women-only, community-accessible overdose prevention site. Safe, clean supported environment where women can inject their own drugs, inside, with other women who care about their safety and security. If they choose, they can connect to addiction, health care and community services, information about which and referrals to will be made on site
    • offers witnessed, harm reduction services for women who inject drugs, including a casual, staff and peer-supported injection room, health education, access to treatment and health care services, housing support, legal advocacy and other related services, on site
    • has snacks
  • Molson Overdose Prevention Site
    • Safe substance use/injection site
    • has a learning lab for naloxone training and how to set up an overdose prevention site
    • free fentanyl drug test strips + FTIR Spectrometer
  • Access and Assessment Centre (AAC) 
    • Vancouver General Hospital – Joseph & Rosalie Segal & Family Health Centre
    • for non-life threatening mental health and/or substance use (MHSU) issue.
      • serves City of Vancouver adult residents (17+) 
    • Services by phone, in office, or virtually
      • MHSU clinician assessments
      • Psychiatric assessment and diagnostic clarification
      • Referrals to VCH Vancouver MHSU services
      • Information on accessing VCH Addiction Services
      • Direct admission to VGH Inpatient Psychiatry
      • Crisis intervention
      • Family support, including accepting collateral information from families/supports and collaborating in patient 
    • Provides assessment, support, stabilization, crisis management and follow-up over the phone and in person
  • Robert and Lily Lee Community Health Centre
    • free fentanyl drug test strips
  • Mobile Access Project (MAP VAN)
    • free fentanyl drug test strips (provides services to street based sex workers call the van directly for harm reduction supplies and test strips)
  • Anne Vogel Clinic
    • #210 – 7671 Alderbridge Way Richmond
    • Opioid agonist therapy program, take home naloxone kits and training, group and individual counselling, needle exchange and safer-use supplies​, harm reduction education, referrals to community resources, education/support groups
  • Foundry Vancouver Granville
    • 1260 Granville Street, Vancouver
    • On-site fentanyl test strips
  • Foundry NS 
    • for youth under 25 
    • 211 W 1st St, North Vancouver
    • On-site fentanyl test strips
  • Stepping Stones
    • 145 West 17th Street, North Vancouver
    • On-site fentanyl test strips
  • RADAR Drug Alerts
    • People who use drugs can report overdoses that show unusual symptoms, what town and neighbourhood the substance was purchased in, types of substances, and physical description of the substances. Photos of the substances can be uploaded to the web form.
    • Information is relayed to Vancouver Coastal Health staff immediately
  • Directions Youth Services
    • 1138 Burrard Street
    • 24/7 drop in centre for youth under 25. Harm reduction supplies provided as well as referrals to other youth services . 
  • Covenant House Vancouver
    • 1280 Seymour St, Vancouver 
    • Harm reduction supplies and support available to youth 16-24 in crisis program and drop in centre
  • VANDU
    • 380 East Hastings Street 
    • Offers different community groups for folks using substances as well as harm reduction supplies and education 
  • Community Managed Alcohol Program (PHS)
    • The Community Managed Alcohol Program (CMAP) is for individuals who struggle with severe alcohol use disorder and who sometimes drink non-beverage alcohol such as mouthwash or rubbing alcohol. CMAP works with members to substitute this with limited amounts of member-brewed wine and beer.
  • Needle Depot (PHS)
    • The Needle Depot offers 24/7 harm reduction supplies (operates in the alleyway next to the Maple Hotel) 
  • Mobile OPS Van (PHS)
    • People can access the mobile OPS to inject drugs safely under witness by staff trained to respond in case of overdose. The service parks for the day at a specific location where those in need are provided sterile harm reduction supplies and be supported by a PHS staff member and peer who can also provide resources. Prime response locations are determined from evaluations of Coroner’s Reports and emergency response data made available to Vancouver Coastal Health.
  • National Overdose Response Service
    • National 24/7 overdose prevention hotline provides confidential, non judgemental support for individuals whenever and wherever they use drugs. Connects anyone who is alone and using drugs with a peer who can quickly call for help if needed. The peer checks in periodically and calls 911 if there is no response or concern of overdose.
  • Lifeguard App
    • Free app that can link drug users to emergency responders if an overdose occurs. The app acts as a digital check-in; after the user activates the app, they are required to respond at certain time intervals in order to show they are okay. After 75 seconds without response, a text-to-voice call goes to 9-1-1, alerting emergency medical dispatchers of a potential overdose. App is anonymous, running off GPS location information, but users can choose to enter name or apartment number in case that information might be needed by emergency responders.
  • Brave App
    • The Brave App will connect you to a caring supporter, wherever and whenever you use drugs so you don’t have to use alone. 100% anonymous, emphasizes autonomy and choice.