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Addiction - Resources for general public

Addiction Prevention Consultants are available to talk with anyone who would like more information on addictions. We have a wide variety of information and can assist parents, students, and any member of the general public to find the information that they need. This service is confidential.

Here to help

Yukoners can call the Alcohol and Drug Services 24/7 for information at 667-5777 or 1-855-667-5777 in Yukon communities. Calls are anonymous.

Recommended websites

There is a lot of information available on the internet, but it can be difficult to know whether or not the information is reliable. The websites below provide credible, current information on alcohol, other drugs and addictions issues.

Pamphlets

We have a wide selection of pamphlets and booklets available for anyone to take away and read at their leisure. Pamphlet topics range from drug specific information, to the effects of addiction on a family, to living in recovery. Anyone wanting information can call us or stop by and speak with a Prevention Consultant. All requests for information are kept confidential.

Information for parents/caregivers

We have a selection of pamphlets and booklets for parents and caregivers. These resources provide parents/caregivers with information about specific drugs, ideas about developing and supporting a substance free lifestyle in children and youth, and support for parents/ caregivers dealing with a youth’s alcohol or drug use.

National Addiction Awareness Week

2016 - “Fentanyl can be deadly” campaign

Intro: Across Canada drug-related overdoses and deaths have become a serious concern. Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley and his team are working to raise awareness and provide education on the danger of fentanyl and other high-potency opioid drugs.  Overdoses are a risk for both prescription and recreational drug users. Drugs that are not prescribed to you can be deadly. The objectives of the “Fentanyl can be deadly” awareness campaign is to promote knowyoursource.ca and prevent fentanyl-related overdoses.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate narcotic, a prescription drug used primarily by cancer patients in severe pain. It is roughly 50 to 100 times more toxic than morphine.

We urge you to learn the fentanyl overdose signs:

  • Severe sleepiness
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Trouble breathing (slow, shallow and snoring)
  • Cold and clammy skin
  • Trouble walking or talking

Learn more here: http://towardtheheart.com/assets/naloxone/tth-odsignssymptoms_118.pdf

If any of these signs are observed in someone who is known to, or suspected of, taking fentanyl or any other opioid medication (OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, codeine, heroin, morphine), call 9-1-1 immediately.
Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and the immediate use of an antidote like naloxone can reverse the effects of fentanyl, but higher doses than usual may be needed and repeated doses are often required. Call 9-1-1 in all suspected overdoses.

Free take-home naloxone kits are now available across Yukon

Naloxone is a safe drug used to temporarily reverse overdoses caused by opioid drugs. It can buy time and save lives before the paramedics arrive.

  • A ten-minute training session to learn how to use the kit and identify the signs of overdoses is offered when you pick-up your free kit.

You can ask for your free take-home naloxone kit at the following sites:

  • Kwanlin Dün First Nation Health Centre
  • Blood Ties
  • Taiga Medical Clinic
  • Community Health Centres
  • Medicine Chest pharmacies
  • Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies
  • Alcohol and Drug Services

Look for this sign

Minister of Health and Social Services Pauline Frost and Dr. Brendan Hanley, Chief Medical Officer of Health provided information on the Take Home Naloxone Kits program on January 21, 2017. See the Live Stream video below.

 

For those who may need assistance in stopping their use of fentanyl or other drugs, there is help

  • They can talk to their doctor or community health nurse and let them know they need help.
  • In the communities: they can talk to their local Community Addiction Worker and let them know they need help: toll free 1-855-667-5777 and ask to speak to the Community Addiction Worker for your community.
  • IN Whitehorse: they can call Alcohol and Drug Services and book at appointment to see a counsellor, or come to drop-in counsellings:
    - Call 667-5777 or toll free 1-855-667-5777
    - Drop in counselling: Wednesdays from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sarah Steele Building at 609 Steele Street.
  • For help in safely withdrawing from fentanyl or other drugs, they can go to Withdrawal Management Services at 609 Steele Street or call 867-667-5777 and ask for Withdrawal Management Services.

 

Contact info

Addiction - Resources for general public

Business hours:
From Whitehorse (8:00 am – 4:30 pm)    667-5777
From communities, no charge (8:00 am – 4:30 pm) 1-855-667-5777

For after-hours support:
From Whitehorse (4:30 pm – 8:00 am) 667-8473
From communities, no charge (4:30 pm – 8:00 am) 1-855-667-5777

Phone: 867-667-5777

Toll Free (Yukon, Nunavut and NWT); 1-855-667-5777

Fax: 867-667-8471

Mailing Address:

Addiction - Resources for general public (H-7)
Health & Social Services, Government of Yukon
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon  Y1A 2C6

Location: Sarah Steele Building |609 Steele Street | Whitehorse, Yukon [map]

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