Poverty and Homelessness
Since 1998, the London InterCommunity Health Centre has offered health and social services to people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. Our caring, supportive staff members accept people for who they are, and where they’re at in life – no matter their current circumstance or situation. We work within a health promotion framework and value inclusiveness, relationship building and harm reduction.
Examples of health and social services we provide:
- First Aid
- Health and harm reduction education
- Support and referrals for foot and diabetes care
- Addictions assessments and referrals
- Anonymous HIV testing (click here to learn more)
- Human Rights education and advocacy
- Basic needs (mail, laundry and shower facilities)
*note: mail and bathroom unavailable between 12 and 2 p.m.
- OW/ODSP applications and advocacy
- Housing loss prevention services
- ID Clinic ( Tuesdays 10:00 am – 12 pm/Thursdays 1:30 – 3:30 pm)
- A welcoming drop-in area for relaxing, reading the paper and getting off the street
Nursing, social work and the services of our advocate/outreach worker are available to anyone who is homeless. Primary Health services provided by our nurse practitioner and physicians are available to registered medical clients only. Our System Navigator will determine your eligibility for registration as a medical client in our Health Outreach Program. (click here to learn about intake)
Drop in for an intake assessment at Health Outreach Reception (659 Dundas St.) on Wednesdays from 9am until 2:30pm.
For more information on any of our services please call Health Outreach reception (519) 660-0875 ext. 268
For information on daily resources for people experiencing homelessness click here: www.londonhomelessresources.com
THE NALOXONE PROGRAM
The Middlesex-London Health Unit, Regional HIV/AIDS Connection, London Area Network of Substance Users and London InterCommunity Health Centre launched The Naloxone Program June 2014. This collaborative effort is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
The intention of this multi-agency partnership is to prevent opioid overdose and save lives.
What is an overdose?
Overdoses usually occur accidentally when someone takes more of an opioid dose than their body can handle. This can happen if someone has just started using an opioid drug; resumes taking an opioid drug after a period of not taking one; switches from one opioid drug to another; takes more than their usual opioid dose; takes more than one drug at the same time; or develops an illness when taking opioid drugs. When an overdose occurs, breathing becomes slower and shallower, and in more serious overdoses, stops completely. This may result in loss of consciousness, brain damage and death.
What is naloxone?
Naloxone is a medication which is used to temporarily reverse the effects of an overdose of opioid drugs. There is no other use for naloxone.
Naloxone temporarily blocks opioids from binding to the receptors in the brain and body, thereby restoring breathing and preventing brain damage and death. In Middlesex-London, naloxone will be given by means of an injection into the arm or thigh muscle. A second dose of naloxone may be necessary within three to five minutes if the overdose is not reversed within that time frame. During an overdose, other life-saving measures are also very important, such as performing basic life support and calling 911. Emergency medical care is critical as the effects of the naloxone wear off in about 30 to 90 minutes and overdose symptoms may return.
How will naloxone get to the people who need it?
Through THE NALOXONE PROGRAM, people who are at risk of opioid overdose or of witnessing an opioid overdose will be trained to administer naloxone.
Similar overdose prevention programs in Ontario, and around the world, provide training in basic lifesaving skills and naloxone administration within peer groups. Once trained, individuals are given a pocket-sized overdose prevention kit which includes two doses of naloxone.
How do I get trained?
If you are an individual at risk of opioid overdose, or who may witness an opioid overdose, and are interested in being trained to save a life, please call the Regional HIV/AIDS Connection at 519-434-1601 and ask to speak to someone about THE NALOXONE PROGRAM.
Starting in July 2014, the Health Centre will offer naloxone training for eligible clients on Tuesday mornings (9am-noon) at the Dundas site, and on Wednesday afternoons (1pm-4pm) at the Wellington site.
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