If you choose to drink alcohol, Renfrew County and District Health Unit recommends following Canada’s Low Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines.
Rethink your drinking: An awareness campaign that encourages moderation or low-risk drinking to support healthy lifestyle choices and reduce short and long-term risks associated with alcohol consumption.
App Link: Saying When – A free mobile app to help people reduce or quit drinking
Parents are a key influence in the lives of their teenagers, including their choices about alcohol use.
The Parent Action Pack has current information about alcohol and other key drugs used by youth. It helps parents understand how youth think and behave and prepares them to have meaningful conversations with their teens age 14 – 18.
Cannabis, also known as marijuana, was legalized on October 17, 2018. Regular cannabis use impairs thinking, attention and memory. Early and regular cannabis use can have an impact on the developing brain.
Link to RCDHU Cannabis Q&A: https://www.rcdhu.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Cannabis-Fact-Sheet-Final-2.pdf
Cancer Care Ontario: Cannabis and Cancer Fact Sheet (March, 2020)
RCDHU Video Link: Alert! Risk of Fentanyl Overdose
Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can temporarily stop or reverse an opioid overdose. The Health Unit provides naloxone kits to people who are eligible. See the Needle Syringe Program section of this page.
The misuse of substances, including prescription drugs and illegal drugs, can have negative effects on the health of individuals, families, and communities.
Where to get help
Drug and Alcohol Helpline 1-800-565-8603 Confidential, free, anonymous, live answer, 24/7.
Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 24-hour crisis and information line.
Harm Reduction Supplies
The Health Unit provides sterile, single use injection equipment for injection drug users. We also provide sharps containers for used supplies, which can be returned for safe disposal. Harm reduction services help prevent the transmission of diseases and reduce the health risks of drug use.
The Health Unit offers free Naloxone kits to:
- active clients of a Needle Syringe Program who are age 16 and over and at risk of an overdose
- friends or family members (age 16 and over) of active at-risk clients
The Health Unit provides information about other sources of Naloxone kits for people who do not meet the above criteria.
Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can temporarily stop or reverse an opioid overdose. Examples of opioids include oxycodone, morphine, hydromorphone, fentanyl and codeine. If you think someone is having an opioid overdose call 9-1-1, then give naloxone right away.
Drop-in – no appointment necessary.
Where and When
Monday to Friday except holidays
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
For more information, call the Harm Reduction Line: 613-602-6056.