Direction 180 is a community-based methadone clinic located in the North End of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This non-profit organization has been running since 2001 as a program of the Mic Mac Native Friendship Center. Direction 180 employs a low-threshold concept that can offer treatment regardless of whether a client discontinues the use opioid or other drugs.
direction180This program was designed and implemented based on a harm-reduction model. Harm-reduction models/programs are based upon a set of principles that aim at reducing the harmful consequences associated with illicit drug use, such as; intravenous drug use, needle-sharing, and criminal offences. Direction 180 aids in the overall care of clients in efforts to improve the client’s quality of life, living conditions, mental/psychological states, and physical health. This is achieved by the provision of methadone, counselling, advocacy, and medical monitoring. To learn more about Direction 180 and the work they do visit their website here.