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Practise Harm Reduction Today and Enjoy a Better Tomorrow
Harm Reduction Hotline: 2112 9977

What is harm reduction?
Harm reduction means reducing harm caused by drug abuse. It is a practical strategy aiming at reducing harm to both individual and society at large.

The four formulae of harm reduction strategy
By following the formulae of harm reduction, drug users can reduce the harm caused by drug abuse.

(1) Formula 1: Methadone does it
Discontinue using drugs and take Methadone instead.

What is Methadone?
Methadone is a controlled medicine which is used for the treatment of opiate addiction.

How can it be used for the treatment of addiction?
Methadone can prevent the withdrawal syndrome of heroin, morphine or opium addiction for 24 to 36 hours. It usually does not produce euphoria and is not associated with any serious side effects, thus enabling the drug users to work and lead a normal life.

So, what is the methadone treatment programme?
Methadone treatment programme comprises two components, namely, Methadone maintenance programme and Methadone detoxification pragramme.

What is Methadone maintenance programme?
In a maintenance programme, drug users receive a proper dose of methadone daily for a period as long as the drug users feel necessary.

What is Methadone detoxification programme?
For those drug users who are determined to achieve a drug-free state, they can enrol in the detoxification programme where they will take decreased dosage of methadone over a period of time, until there is no need for them to continue treatment.

How to choose between the two treatment programmes?
Drug users can choose their own treatment programme. Counselling and advice will be offered by doctors and / or social workers of the methadone clinics. Each drug user’s treatment plan is variable and can be drawn up to suit individual needs.

Where to seek methadone treatment?
You can choose to go directly to any one of the following methadone clinics.

Hong Kong Island

Eastern Street Methadone Clinic
45 Eastern Street, Sai Ying Pun
Monday to Sunday 7:00am to 5:00pm
Tel: 2549 5108

Violet Peel Methadone Clinic
G/F 2 O’Brien Road, Wan Chai
Monday to Sunday 7:00am to 10:00pm
Tel: 2835 1761

Shau Kei Wan Methadone Clinic
8 Chai Wan Road, Shau Kei Wan
Monday to Sunday 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Tel: 2560 0582

Aberdeen Methadone Clinic
10 Aberdeen Reservoir Road, Aberdreen
Monday to Sunday 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Tel: 2554 1665

Kowloon

Ho Man Tin Methadone Clinic
50 Princess Margaret Road, Ho Man Tin
Monday to Sunday 7:00am to 10:00pm
Tel: 2713 6091

Robert Black Methadone Clinic
600 Prince Edward Road East, San Po Kong
Monday to Sunday 7:00am to 10:00pm
Tel: 2716 5211

Sham Shui Po Methadone Clinic
137 Yee Kuk Street, Sham Shui Po
Monday to Sunday 7:00am to 10:00pm
Tel: 2393 1928

Hung Hom Methadone Clinic
22 Station Lane, Hung Hom
Monday to Sunday 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Tel: 2333 8957

Wu York Yu Methadone Clinic
55 Sheung Fung Street, Tze Wan Shan
Monday to Sunday 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Tel: 2325 5221 ext. 221

Kwun Tong Methadone Clinic
457 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong
Monday to Sunday 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Tel: 2345 7103

Lee Kee Methadone Clinic
99 Carpenter Road, Kowloon City
Monday to Sunday 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Tel: 2272 9621

Ngau Tau Kok Methadone Clinic
60 Ting On Street, Ngau Tau Kok
Monday to Sunday 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Tel: 23180976

Yau Ma Tei Methadone Clinic
143 Battery Street, Yau Ma Tei
Monday to Sunday 3:00pm to 10:00pm
Tel: 2770 2584

The New Territories

Lady Trench Methadone Clinic
213 Sha Tsui Road, Tsuen Wan
Monday to Sunday 7:00am to 10:00pm
Tel: 2942 6736

Tuen Mun Methadone Clinic
11 Tsing Yin Street, Tuen Mun
Monday to Sunday 3:00pm to 10:00pm
Tel: 2452 9113

Tai Po Methadone Clinic
37 Ting Kok Road, Tai Po
Monday to Sunday 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Tel: 2664 5020

Sha Tin (Tai Wai) Methadone Clinic
3 Man Lai Road, Tai Wai
Monday to Sunday 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Tel: 2604 5355

Shek Wu Hui Methadone Clinic
108 Jockey Club Road, Sheung Shui
Monday to Sunday 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Tel: 2671 9484

Yuen Long Methadone Clinic
269 Castle Peak Road, Yuen Long
Monday to Sunday 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Tel: 2470 9307

Cheung Chau Methadone Clinic
Cheung Chau Hospital Road, St. John Hospital, Cheung Chau
Monday to Sunday 1:00pm to 8:00pm
Tel: 2981 9442 ext.29

(2) Formula 2: Break the needle habit
When drug use is unavoidable, do not inject.

Why break the needle habit?
There is a potential risk of contracting diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Syphilis and Tetanus through needle sharing.

(3) Formula 3: Do not share needle
If injection is unavoidable, do not share needle and use disposable needle each and every time.

So, how to dispose of the used needles and syringes?

  1. Put the used needles and syringes in a rigid container such as a biscuit can;
  2. When the container is filled up to two-thirds, make sure to screw the lid on tightly and then seal up with strong tape to prevent the lid from falling off;
  3. Label the container with word “Sharps”; and
  4. Put the container into the trash.

(4) Formula 4: Disinfect the needles and Syringes
If sharing needles is unavoidable, disinfect the needle thoroughly to prevent the transmission of blood-borne diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Syphilis and Tetanus.

Remember
Practise Harm Reduction Today and Enjoy a Better Tomorrow.

For further information, please call Harm Reduction Hotline: (852)21129977
Harm Reduction Website: www.harmreduction.gov.hk


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