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Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health

Opioids and other drugs

Drugs are chemicals or substances that can cause many different reactions in the body. They can change the way someone acts, thinks, or feels. People may choose to use drugs for many reasons. These might include but are not limited to coping with pain, challenging life circumstances, as the result of peer pressure, or out of simple curiosity. Whatever the reason, use of drugs can lead to  negative impacts  on one’s life and health. However, HPEPH, along with community partners, works to promote strategies that can help reduce harm associated with drug use, and help people get help if and when they want it.

Find out more about the current opioid crisis, a well as some of the most commonly used illicit drugs. 

Needle exchange sites are places where individuals can obtain new needles, sterile water, alcohol swabs, cookers, filters, ascorbic acid, and tourniquets, as well as sharps containers for safe disposal of used needles and cookers. These sharps containers can then be returned to any participating exchange site for safe disposal. Find a needle exchange site near you.

This program has been established to help reduce harm related to injection drug use, and ensure proper and safe disposal of needles in our community.

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All individuals ≥ 5 yrs of age are eligible to receive a COVID-19 bivalent booster dose 6 months after previous COVID-19 vaccine.

Appointments can be booked through the provincial vaccine booking site, or by calling 1-833-943-3900 from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week.  


For the most up to date information on current provincial guidelines and advice in case of exposure, visit

The Ministry of Health has launched a toll-free line as an additional resource to help answer questions from the public regarding evolving COVID-19 testing and isolation guidance. The line can be reached at 1-888-777-0730, and is available from 8 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week. Beginning April 3, hours for this line will change to Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.