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Harm Reduction

Harm reduction tries to minimize the harms related to substance use and sexual activity.

Harm Reduction Centre

UVic’s Harm Reduction Centre (HRC) helps you make informed and safer choices around sex and substance use. Our aim is to make it as easy as possible for you to access harm reduction supplies and educational materials at UVic.

We prioritize your safety and confidentiality.

Hours & location

Monday: 10-11am AND 12-2pm
Wednesday: 10am-2pm AND 3-6:30pm
Thursday 10am-1pm
Friday: 10am-1pm AND 3-6pm

You’ll find us in the basement of the Student Union Building (SUB).

Supplies

Free supplies available at the HRC include:

  • Safer injection supplies
  • Drug injection preparation supplies
  • Safer snorting supplies
  • Safer smoking supplies
  • External condoms
  • Internal condoms
  • Lubricant
  • Syringes
  • Rubber gloves
  • Sharps containers
  • Nalaxone kits
  • Fentanyl testing strips

Anonymous pick up

You’re welcome to drop in anytime when we’re open to pick up supplies and information.

You can also use this online form to order supplies and request information from the HRC. We need a minimum of 24 hours to put together your order.

We won’t ask you for ID when you order or pick up your supplies. Plus, supplies come in non-identifiable packaging.

Naloxone training

Naloxone is a medication that counters the effects of an opioid overdose and can save lives. The University of Victoria Students’ Society (UVSS) offers free naloxone training. Sessions are open to everyone and each participant receives a free naloxone kit.

Community Resources

AVI Harm Reduction

Campus Pharmacy– distributes naloxone kits

Community Based Research Centre– medicine bundle project to support Indigenous Two-Spirit well-being 

Drug checking services in Victoria

Get Checked Online– STI testing. Use code: UVIC 

Martlet– where to find harm reduction resources in Victoria

Towards the Heart– harm reduction information and map of sites

Victoria Mobile Harm Reduction Services