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Ottawa Public Health has identified discarded needles as a public safety hazard, and has taken measures to address the problem. If you find discarded needles in your neighbourhood, call 3-1-1 to report the problem. Find out more about what the City of Ottawa is doing about discarded needles.

Clean needle syringe program

The City of Ottawa also has a clean needle syringe program to help prevent the spread of communicable diseases and to minimize the risks associated with substance use. The City offers a range of related programs and services, including health education/promotion, needle exchange and disposal, anonymous HIV testing, safer injecting teaching and much more. For hours and locations of service, visit the City of Ottawa website.