Substance Awareness & Recovery

Be substance aware and reduce the harm of alcohol and drug use by knowing the facts and following essential safety tips.


Alcohol Awareness

Alcohol, like other drugs, can cause problems depending on how it's used. It can cause injuries, disease, and other negative effects. It's important to know what can happen so it doesn't lead to further problems.

Cannabis Awareness

The legalization of cannabis in Canada on October 17 will represent a significant change in how Canadians talk about, view, and use cannabis. What does legalization mean for each of us as members of the U of A community? What are the effects of cannabis? What do we need to know to be informed? 

Fentanyl and Naloxone Awareness

Fentanyl is a powerful and toxic drug that is often made illegally and sold on the streets or cut into other drugs. Undetectable by taste, smell, or sight, the risk of overdosing on even a small amount of fentanyl is very high.

Naloxone is a medication that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Naloxone Kits are available free of charge at many pharmacies and community walk-in clinics. If you, friends, or family is at risk of an overdose from opioids, get the Naloxone Kit and learn how to use it.

Naloxone Kits are available at the University Health Centre Pharmacy. Anyone at risk of opiate overdose from Fentanyl or other opiates can get a Naloxone Kit to carry with them. The Naloxone Kit is free of charge.

Substance Use and COVID-19

Substance use is a coping mechanism that you may find yourself relying on during the COVID crisis. Substance use includes alcohol and drugs (illegal, prescription), cigarettes, inhalants or solvents. If you are increasing your substance use during this time, check in with yourself and see how you are feeling and how this coping mechanism is affecting your behaviour and impacting your life.