HARM REDUCTION

PRESCRIBED ALTERNATIVES & OUTREACH (PAO)

Prescribed Alternatives are a regulated and safer opioid option to the unpredictable and toxic street supply. The objective of this program is to enhance the quality of life for individuals, while reducing the risk of overdose, hospital admissions, emergency room visits, and involvement with the criminal justice system. 

The program offers comprehensive wrap-around care, which includes primary health care, addiction care, case management, housing and income support, sexual health testing, and treatment facilities. The Prescribed Alternatives program aims to provide individuals with the necessary tools and resources to live a healthy and fulfilling life, while minimizing the negative impact of opioid addiction.

Reduce overdose and death from street drugs.
Minimize harms like HIV and chronic wounds from injection drug use.
Improve client health in a welcoming, non-judgmental setting.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Numbers Speak

PAO – Reducing Risk, Empowering Health.

35%

Reduction in Overdose Deaths

19%

Decrease in HIV Transmission

$6M+

Annual Healthcare Savings

30%

Increase in Access to Treatment

PAO OPEN HOUSE

Hours of Operation:
Open: Monday to Friday: 09:30 – 17:00
Closed: Saturday and Sunday
(On-call availability for weekends and after 5pm on weekdays)

Contact Information:
HUSS Program
70 James Street South
Hamilton, Ontario, L8R 2K4
Fax (Referrals): 905-522-3433
Email: huss@hucchc.com