Alcohol, Cannabis & Opioids

Psychoactive substances – what are often called “drugs” - are a part of our society. Most Canadians will use substances at some point in their lives, for many different reasons. Sometimes, using substances can cause harm to people’s health and to families and communities.  Because many people experience harms related to alcohol, cannabis and other drugs, substance use issues are a public health concern.

The goal of public health is to prevent and minimize the harms that can come from using substances by:

  • Creating awareness campaigns and programs designed to educate the public about substances and lower-risk use;
  • Advocating for changes in policies in the interest of public health;
  • Challenging stigma associated with substance use; and
  • Promoting access to helping resources.

Most of our activities are done in partnership with other community, provincial, and national groups.

Visit the links below for more information:

Seeking help for substance use problems

If you are experiencing a mental health or substance-related crisis, call/text Call Crisis Response: (807) 346-8282 (Thunder Bay) or 1-866-888-8988 (in Thunder Bay District), call 911, or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.

To find services in your area:

  • ConnexOntario @ 1-866-531-2600 - support for addictions, mental health and problem gambling
  • Call 211 or visit  to find local community, health and government services

To access harm reduction services:

To access addiction medicine:

For help to quit smoking

Online supports:


For Further Information

Call the Injury Prevention & Substance Use Program: (807) 625-5900

or toll-free 1-888-294-6630

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