Programming Connection

keepSIX Supervised Consumption Service 

South Riverdale Community Health Centre

2019

What is the Program?

keepSIX is a supervised consumption service (SCS) in Toronto, located at the South Riverdale Community Health Centre (SRCHC). keepSIX is staffed by a multidisciplinary team including registered nurses, health promoters and harm reduction workers. It is part of a multi-service, multidisciplinary community health centre and is an extension of the COUNTERfit Harm Reduction Program, which offers a variety of harm reduction services.

keepSIX is a health service where people inject, snort or orally consume pre-obtained drugs in a safe, hygienic environment under the supervision of trained staff. This helps individuals to use drugs safely and securely without the fear of arrest or accidental overdose. The program also provides other services including primary care, education, counselling and health promotion. In addition, it refers people to drug treatment or other health and social services, as needed. Supervised consumption services can reduce the risk of transmitting blood-borne diseases, including HIV and hepatitis C, through use of safe, sterile injection supplies.