As of December 2022, the Safe Supply program has reached capacity and we are not able to take new referrals at this time.
The MOSH Safe Supply Project is an evidence-based, harm reduction program, that aims to provide registered participants with a pharmaceutical supply of opioids dispensed from community pharmacies. Its primary purpose is to reduce a participants’ risk of non-fatal and fatal overdose. In addition, the program aims to improve several other health and wellness outcomes, including housing, connection with primary care, involvement with law-enforcement and the carceral system, decreased rates of infection, and improved overall well-being.
The program was started out of necessity following a significant rise in fatal and non-fatal overdoses often involving illicit fentanyl-analogues in Halifax and Dartmouth. The call for a safer supply of drugs is not new. The increasing toxicity of the illicit-drug supply has greatly undermined standard harm reduction interventions, and the provision of a safer opioid supply is a great way to directly confront this new reality.