Recent News

Algoma University working on mental health, addictions research institute:

Province briefed on Algoma’s proposal during recent Minister’s visit; courses, microcredentials will be available in September. To learn more visit:

Social Services to receive over $1.6M in COVID-19 relief funding: Romano

"Investment part of province’s additional $307 million investment to help municipalities and Indigenous community partners... These funds help us take direct action against the effects of the mental health and addictions crisis in our community.”

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International Overdose Awareness Day is August 31, 2021!
International Overdose Awareness Day is August 31st, 2021. For this day, we will be holding an event from 11am-2pm located at Clergue Park (look for tree with purple ribbon).
For this event, we will be creating a display with photos of those lost to overdose. If you have a photo of someone you have lost to overdose and wish to add it to the display, we ask you to bring it with you.
Naloxone training will be provided on site and COVID-19 protocols will be followed (wearing a mask is recommended). We look forward to seeing you!

The language of stigma: understanding how language can influence our perception:

"The words we use matter. Research has proven that terms like ‘substance abuser’ encourage bias and negative attitudes so understanding how language can influence our perceptions is an important step in reducing the stigma of substance use disorder. Reducing the stigma reduces barriers for those individuals seeking treatment and recovery."

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Pandemic side effects deadly for younger Canadians, data suggests:

"Drug and alcohol deaths surged last year for those under 65, the agency reported..."

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Good neighbour discovers empathy goes a long way in the opioid crisis:

"Young good Samaritan cleans up and safely disposes of hundreds of used, discarded needles in her neighbourhood"

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De Novo Treatment Centre aims to address the addictions and suicide crisis in the trades industry:

"De Novo Treatment Centre has partnered with the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario and the Ontario Erectors Association to conduct research that addresses the cause for higher rates of addiction and suicide within the industry."

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Deal closing for new residential rehab in old Sault Star building:

"In a move expected to secure a 20-bed residential rehab facility in the old Sault Star building, City Council is set next week to approve zoning changes at the 145 Old Garden River Rd. site...."

Alcohol Education Tailored for Youth: What We Heard [report]:

"This report is based on focus groups conducted by CCSA with young people to better understand approaches to messaging about alcohol consumption and harm reduction. It summarizes what we heard from youth and how this feedback supported the development of public education resources on alcohol tailored for young people, and includes examples of the resources developed." To read the full report visit:

Multi-sector community plan to focus on poverty, mental health and addictions:

mental-health-Sault Ste. Marie's Community Safety and Well-Being plan will seek approval from City Council Monday, June 28, 2021. Click here to continue reading:


APH battling COVID and worsening opioid crisis at once:

Opioid-related deaths up in the north; however, COVID-19 vaccination rate "progressing well."

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NEW RESEARCH ALERT (JUNE 16, 2021) - COVID-19 Ontario Prescription Drug Utilization Tool:

As the risks of COVID-19 evolve, so too will the impact of drug shortages on patients, healthcare professionals, and the healthcare system. The COVID-19 Ontario Prescription Drug Utilization Tool provides public access to interactive data on drug utilization in Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic. This update includes data up to March 2021. The ODPRN will continue to release updates as data becomes available to determine the degree to which these trends change over time.

Opioid Overdose Information:

Opioid drugs affect the part of your brain that controls your breathing. When you take more opioids than your body can handle (overdose), your breathing slows. This can lead to unconsciousness and even death.

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Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on People Who Use Substances:

This report summarizes consultations with people who use or have used substances, their families and friends, harm reduction workers, and people providing peer support services. The consultations were held to help understand the day-to-day realities of people who use substances during the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada. Respondents identified several challenges faced by people who use substances as a result of the pandemic, as well as strategies to help mitigate some of these concerns.

NOSM “Naloxone North” App Created in Response to Opioid Crisis:

Medical students at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) have created an innovative app that improves access to Naloxone, a drug used to counter the effects of opioid overdose. Jordan Law, MacKenzie Ludgate, and Owen Montpellier have developed the Naloxone North app, a free and confidential service that ships a Naloxone kit right to your door. The Naloxone North app includes educational information about the drug as well as a detailed instructional video and approved information about the safe administration of Naloxone. This app allows people the access and privacy to a Naloxone kit on-hand and also provides improved access for individuals living in remote, isolated, or rural communities in Northern Ontario. An Ontario Health card is required to order the kit through the app and request that it be shipped to your preferred location. Naloxone North was created through an advocacy-focused project that was incorporated into NOSM’s fourth year MD curriculum as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The free Naloxone North app is now available for both iPhone and Android. To learn more visit