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Direction 180

AKA “The Methadone Program” or “180”

Direction 180 is an innovative community-based low-threshold methadone maintenance program. The program is based on a harm reduction, client-centered approach and is the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada. Open seven days a week, Direction 180 is where people registered in the program receive their daily dose of methadone.

Direction 180


Direction 180 operates on a self-referral system.

1. Call and put your name on the list – basically, there is a wait to receive this service.
2. Call back once a week and check-in; ask if you can come in and meet with someone if you can. 3. Keep in touch with the clinic – people who keep connected are given priority consideration.
4. Try to gather ‘collateral information’ from other doctors and health care providers.



Please call for more information about the availability and schedule of onsite resources.

Informal Message Service: Can leave a message for people who access Direction180’s services.

Shared Care Mental Health: Provides one-on-one mental health support and referral to services.

General Information

Gender: All are welcome
Age: 18+
Accessible: Yes
Drop-in: No
Children welcome: No
Pets welcome: No
Showers: No
Meals: Snacks and coffee only
Food bank: No
Laundry: No
Clothing bank: No
Furniture bank: No
Medication storage: Yes – call to coordinate directly with Direction 180 nursing staff
Preferred pharmacy: Scotia Pharmasave – call-in prescriptions: 902.429.5218
Drug and alcohol use: Behaviour-based philosophy**
Support Worker: Yes – staff on-site are peer support workers
Trustee program: Yes – Halifax Housing Help
Main Phone: 902.420.0566 (can leave messages for clients at this number)
Fax number: Please call for fax number


MOSH hours: No dedicated hours but can be called by clinic staff or can help coordinate care for people who receive services at Direction 180