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.
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.
- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
- Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
- BC’s Here To Help
- NIDA - National Institute on Drug Abuse
- Know your source
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
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
Addiction - Resources for general public
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
Toll Free (Yukon, Nunavut and NWT); 1-855-667-5777
Addiction - Resources for general public (H-7)
Health & Social Services, Government of Yukon
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6
Location: Sarah Steele Building |609 Steele Street | Whitehorse, Yukon [map]