Press Releases

New overdose prevention app coming to Alberta - March 23, 2021
Budget 2021: A historic investment in health - March 2, 2021
Tentative agreement: Minister Shandro and AMA President Dr. Boucher - February 26, 2021
Increasing protection for vulnerable Albertans - February 3, 2021
Psychology Month: Associate Minister Luan - February 2, 2021
Eating Disorder Awareness: Associate Minister Luan - February 1, 2021
New substance use data will support addiction recovery - December 18, 2020
Addictions Awareness Week: Associate Minister Luan - November 23, 2020
Removing financial barriers to addiction treatment - November 6, 2020
Suicide prevention supports in Medicine Hat - October 28, 2020
New, supportive homes for Edmontonians in need - September 28, 2020
Opioid surveillance report: Associate Minister Luan - September 23, 2020
Recovery Month: Supporting addiction recovery - September 3, 2020
International Overdose Awareness Day: Associate Minister Luan - August 31, 2020
Supporting recovery and combatting drugs in Medicine Hat - August 18, 2020
Alberta to provide additional COVID-19 homelessness supports - August 5, 2020
Investing in addiction recovery in southern Alberta - July 25, 2020
Building a recovery community in Red Deer - July 18, 2020
Expanding access to opioid treatment - June 22, 2020
Supporting recovery and combatting drugs in Red Deer - June 11, 2020
PTSD Awareness Month: Associate Minister Luan - June 1, 2020
Expanded mental health supports for Albertans - May 30, 2020
More health services for Albertans - May 22, 2020
Task force to help protect vulnerable Albertans - May 19, 2020
More health services for Albertans - May 22, 2020
Sexual Violence Awareness Month: Minister Nicolaides - May 14, 2020
Prioritizing funding for front-line non-profits - May 12, 2020
More mental health support for northern Albertans - May 11, 2020
Mental Health Week: Associate Minister Luan - May 4, 2020
Increasing mental health supports in response to COVID-19 - April 15, 2020
Expanding pandemic patient capacity in Calgary - April 9, 2020
Supporting homeless Albertans affected by COVID-19 - March 23, 2020
New app helps Albertans access health care - March 19, 2020
Impact of supervised consumption sites report released - March 5, 2020
Supporting recovery and combatting drugs in Lethbridge - March 2, 2020
Expanding Calgary ER and mental health units - February 19, 2020
New, improved men’s homeless shelter for Edmonton - February 14, 2020
Children’s Mental Health Week: Premier Kenney - February 3, 2020
Historic investment in addiction treatment spaces - February 1, 2020
New chair for Health Quality Council - January 22, 2020
Mental health supports: Associate Minister Luan - January 17, 2020

Press Releases - Archives


Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre - Profile

Part 1 - Hope, Help and Healing
Part 2 - POST - Prenatal Outreach Support Team
Part 3 - AVIRT - Alberta Vulnerable Infant Response Team
Part 4 - The Child at Risk Response Team CARRT
Part 5 - Child Abuse Unit 'wraps around' victims of horrific crimes

Drug-Free Canada

PDFC Battle Won Ware Not Over

News Articles


Alcohol and your heart: Just getting a buzz can trigger an irregular rhythm
Take regular ‘dry days’ while dealing with COVID-19 stress: AGLC
Binge drinking and the brain
People are drinking more during the pandemic — including parents
New device can treat alcohol intoxication
FASD awareness month works to reduce the stigma of the most preventable disability
Alberta walks back claim people are buying more alcohol and cannabis during pandemic
Heavy drinking is highest among younger people and those worried about finances, survey suggests
Alcohol-free club supports members virtually during pandemic
Less crime around Sheldon Chumir, but consumption site’s fate still uncertain
'I should be dead right now': Safe consumption site was lifesaver for MRU student
How misuse of benzodiazepines, a common class of anti-anxiety medication, can lead to dependency
AHS recruiting for new advisory council
Report tells Health Canada to rethink funding in opioids fight
Opioid addiction forum starts the conversation
Historic investment in addiction treatment spaces
Teen drinking, drug use tied to other risky behaviors


Alberta neared 1,000 opioid overdose deaths in 2020 by the end of November
'A matter of life and death': U of C study details benefits of threatened opioid treatment program
Switch to fully publicly-funded addiction treatment program being viewed as a positive
Southern Alberta MP co-chairing opioid crisis working group
“It transformed my life” – Tackling Addiction through Triathlon Training
‘Everyone deserves respect’: Physicians say rooming-in program needed to support mothers struggling with substance use
CCSA and Health Canada Invest $1.8 Million in Cannabis Research Projects
AHS disbands team that prepared front-line workers to help clients with addictions
Recovery rethink: How COVID-related restrictions nearly derailed some battles with substance abuse
Alberta is choosing austerity over the lives of people healing from addiction
National phone line launches to prevent overdose deaths
More than 900 Albertans died from opioid poisoning in first 10 months of 2020
New substance use data will support addiction recovery
‘It’s saddening. It’s heartbreaking’: Albertans discuss overdose deaths in the time of COVID-19
New substance use data will support addiction recovery
Federal Government’s Fall Economic Statement Addresses Opioid Crisis and Canadian Wellness amidst COVID-19 Pandemic
AHS promotes National Addictions Awareness Week
Education, accessing resources key focuses of Addiction Awareness Week in Grande Prairie
Make a Change to Help People with Substance Use Disorders During National Addictions Awareness Week
Mothers of children removed from their care are more likely to accidentally overdose, study shows
Addictions Awareness Week: Associate Minister Luan
Opinion: Access to addiction recovery treatment without fees will save lives in Alberta
Resources for National Addiction Awareness Week are now available for download on the CCSA website
Government eliminates user fees for Albertans seeking addictions treatment
Coronavirus pandemic aggravates opioid crisis amid rise in overdoses, decline in services
Opioid overdoses spike during COVID-19, leading to calls for a new approach to harm reduction
Canada's opioid crisis killed 13 people a day in 2018, prevention report shows
Removing financial barriers to addiction treatment
South Country Treatment Centre acquired by Fresh Start
Opioid deaths skyrocket, mental health suffers due to pandemic restrictions, new federal report says
Edmonton Convention Centre shelter will include safe consumption site
Opioid crisis sees First Nations deaths double during pandemic
'I couldn't reach him any more': Substance use rises with recession, pandemic
Rural Alberta recovery centre for homeless men set to close by February
N.W.T. MLA says gov't reversed its position on addictions treatment centre
Federal health minister appeals to Alberta to reconsider closing opioid treatment program
Addicted: How Edmonton could solve its meth problem
Recovery centre wait times vary
Lethbridge doctors call out UCP for 'misguiding the public' on overdose prevention
Fighting addiction and trauma, women in custody turn to Calgary treatment centre for second chance
OxyContin maker to plead guilty to federal criminal charges, pay $8 billion, and will close the company
Distress Centre COVID-19 Report September 2020
Opinion: Supporting addiction recovery shouldn't be divisive
Patients launch lawsuit over pending closure of Alberta opioid treatment program
Province won't consider safe supply programs to address spiking overdose deaths
'It gave me back my life': Calgary Drug Treatment Court shows low recidivism rates, cost savings
Addicted: How meth erodes Edmonton-area families and communities
Addicted: Meth fuelling petty and violent crime in Edmonton
Addicted: How meth takes a toll on Edmonton's health system and devastates users
3 weeks after province ends funding for injection site, unsanctioned space opens in Lethbridge
Opioid surveillance report: Associate Minister Luan
Opioid overdoses spike amid COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 3 Albertans dying per day
Fentanyl-related deaths climb in Red Deer
Canada's top doctor open to opioid decriminalization as COVID-19 threatens to worsen crisis in Alberta
Addicted: How meth hooked Edmonton — again
'This was the safety zone for them': Fire damages recovery house in NE Calgary
Lethbridge addictions treatment staff, patients talk recovery during COVID-19 pandemic
Open letter calls on province to reverse decision ending a 'life-saving' opioid dependency program
Recovery Month: Supporting addiction recovery
International Overdose Awareness Day: Associate Minister Luan
Lethbridge braces for closure of Canada's busiest supervised consumption site
Harm reduction advocates send open letter to province protesting Lethbridge SCS closure
More Canadian federal prisoners waiting for opioid treatment
Canada's top doctor open to opioid decriminalization as COVID-19 threatens to worsen crisis in Alberta
Supporting recovery and combatting drugs in Medicine Hat
Calgary addiction recovery centre links COVID-19 to spike in waiting list: ‘Nobody is immune’
Edmonton HIV outreach team searching for partners as government funds run dry
Drug-dispensing machines being installed to help address overdose crisis, including in Victoria
Marijuana use during pregnancy linked to autism in babies, study says
Thorpe Recovery Centre looking for “Sober Heroes” this September
'Learning every day': Alpha House says funding boost will help as it copes with pandemic
Investing in addiction recovery in southern Alberta
Building Recovery Capital in Canada Virtual Conference September 4, 2020
Premier rejects harm reduction model during funding announcement for new addiction recovery centres
How the N.W.T. is reducing addictions harm during COVID-19
Clearing up inaccurate reports on opioid overdose deaths in Lethbridge
Alberta to add 400 new drug treatment beds through five new recovery communities
Province invests $5M for new addiction recovery community in Red Deer
Lethbridge supervised consumption site loses government funding after audit finds $1.6M shortfall
Canadian Substance Use Costs and Harms (2015–2017) [report]
Telemedicine support for addiction services
Carfentanil, COVID-19 creating deadly combination for Edmonton's opioid users
Province invests $4M into virtual drug treatment program
Corbella: The Dream Centre helps addicts become good fathers through good fathering
Methamphetamine growth impacts role of consumption site
Building Recovery Capital in Canada Virtual Conference
Exploring Expanded Response Options to Opioid Harms: Case Studies from Four Canadian Clinics
Virtual Care Crucial During COVID-19
16 carfentanil-related deaths in northern Alberta over 2-week span
Alberta commits more funding to Virtual Opioid Dependency Program
Opioid overdoses down since last year, but COVID-19 pandemic could cause spike
Updated: Drug treatment court announced for Red Deer, along with tougher enforcement
Expert says punitive measures may not help fight addiction in Lethbridge
Virtual concert will help support local charities
New Resources on COVID-19 and Methamphetamine and Stimulant Use
AHS pauses partnership with Big White Wall following complaints about name
Virtual addiction treatment day program now open for registration
Fresh Start's 7th Annual Panel Discussion
Blood Tribe uses lessons learned during the opioid crisis to tackle COVID-19
Recovery Road, a new podcast from Hazelden Publishing
Virtual Care Platform, HelloMD Expands to Alberta to Provide Urgent Support to Chronic Pain Patients During COVID19
Why COVID-19 could make the overdose epidemic worse
Illicit drug supply potentially more dangerous amid COVID-19 pandemic
Recovery Capital Conference taking place in cities across Canada during Recovery Month Canada
Health Canada Toolkit: COVID-19 and Substance Use
Grande Prairie sees province’s highest rate of fentanyl-related fatalities in 2019
Progress continues for group looking to open aftercare treatment centre
Fentanyl deaths decline in 2019 but COVID-19 poses new concerns
Impacts of COVID-19 on Substance Use
Calgary addiction treatment centres opt for more virtual meetings during COVID-19 pandemic
Addiction centres suspended during COVID-19 crisis
Addictions treatment centre to house youth overnight during COVID-19 crisis
Addictions treatment centre closures in Alta., B.C., could mean more obstacles for N.W.T. patients
Alberta expanding number of 'drug treatment courts' to battle addiction
Supporting recovery and combatting drugs in Lethbridge
'A system of chaos': Supervised consumption site review finds 'serious problems' with operations
UCP government shifts focus of Alberta’s addictions treatment to recovery
Calgary doctor on consumption site review panel says he's sorry it fuelled fears around sites' future
Alberta government to end funding for intensive opioid therapy program
High meth use at Alberta safe drug sites calls for more resources: advocates
Canadian scientists call on province to retract supervised consumption sites report
Cannabis use among Canadian teens down since legalization, say researchers
Edmonton doctor, patient concerned as government plans to defund intensive opioid therapy
Coronavirus and addiction: For people in recovery, self-isolation can be harmful
Calgary addictions services working quickly to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions
Inspired Albertan: Stacey Petersen
Governor general says multiple solutions needed for 'complicated' overdose issue
Supportive program available for pregnant, post-partem women who acknowledge drug or alcohol use during pregnancy
Pro supervised consumption sites group holds rally at Alberta legislature
Opinion: Alberta could become a leader in treating addictions
More help in Red Deer for youth addicted to drugs
Supervised consumption panel says it looked at Portugal’s method of decriminalization
Health Canada has not yet seen Alberta panel’s supervised consumption report
Opinion: I used to believe safe drug sites were bad, but I was wrong
Some of Alberta’s supervised consumption sites could be moved: Kenney
Braid: UCP has to bring consumption-site sanity to Calgary
Advocates await release of provincial report on supervised consumption sites
Calgary Dream Centre faces longest-ever waitlist for addictions treatment while donations drop
Improved access to addiction and mental health support in Wetaskiwin
Fentanyl overdoses in Alberta begin to decline
Lethbridge being considered for “alternative justice” drug treatment court
Harvard neuroscientist issues caution about legalized cannabis edibles

Mental Health/Trauma/Domestic Violence

COVID-19 stress amplifying mental health and substance use concerns: Leger poll
Central Alberta Youth Unlimited receives grant to support mental health
Isolation during the pandemic remains significant mental health concern for many Albertans
Alberta’s Text4Hope campaign successful in reducing stress, anxiety amid COVID-19 pandemic: research
‘Anxiety and depression are increasing’: Alberta doctor sees spike in mental health visits
Psychology Month: Associate Minister Luan
Increasing protection for vulnerable Albertans
Calgary agencies partner to launch 'rapid access' mental health program for individuals facing homelessness
Eating Disorder Awareness: Associate Minister Luan
Global Calgary Mental Health Series: Part 1 - Simple stress vs. critical stress
Global Calgary Mental Health Series: Part 2 - Helping children and youth manage pandemic stress
Global Calgary Mental Health Series: Part 3 - Understanding and managing addiction
Global News BC Mental Health Series
2021 Bell Let’s Talk Day focuses on mental health awareness amid COVID-19 pandemic
YOU-AR-OK: free Alberta-made app to boost mental health
COVID-19 contributing to body-related anxiety, school fears among Edmonton teens: expert
New collaboration helps women escape domestic violence
Harmonized Health program offers support to families facing challenges with addictions and mental health
New mental health program launches in central Alberta
MHPS respond to just over 1,200 mental health related calls in 2020
Psychologist fears for health-care workers' mental health amid pandemic
40% of Canadians struggling with mental health, addiction amid coronavirus pandemic: Ipsos
Eating disorders among teens and adults surge during pandemic
Albertans report greatest increase of stress as Canadians’ mental health plummets
Coping with COVID-19: Your mental health questions answered
News Release: Bold steps, new direction for affordable housing
New housing is good news for Lethbridge seniors
Calgary student launches mental health support during challenging year
South Asian mental health the focus of new Calgary campaign
Chinook Sexual Assault Centre launches campaign for child advocacy centre
Emergency shelters for Albertans fleeing domestic violence see 46 per cent drop in admissions amid pandemic
Mental health support in Alberta: something for everyone
Domestic violence fears rise along with Alberta COVID cases: spousal violence police calls up 16 per cent
CAWES remains dedicated to women and children fleeing domestic violence, despite pandemic
University of Alberta study examines COVID-19 toll on health-care workers
Holiday Mental Health – It’s Okay if it’s not the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Sexual minorities, especially women, who misuse substances more likely to have psychiatric disorders
Pandemic taking a toll on mental health of Calgarians
Legal Aid Alberta sends extra assistance to help victims of domestic violence
Fearing lives lost, Calgary homeless outreach team calls for immediate additional winter shelter
Suicide prevention supports in Medicine Hat
City approves 4-agency team to run homeless shelter in Edmonton Convention Centre
'Perfect storm': Dietitians warn of eating disorders in young athletes as COVID-19 disrupts training
Alberta police report increase in domestic violence calls during pandemic
Virtual mental health network now online for Albertans
Edmonton to set up new temporary 24-7 homeless shelter
New, supportive homes for Edmontonians in need
First COVID-19 outbreak in Edmonton's homeless community reported at Hope Mission shelter
Digital mental health treatment just as effective as in-person therapy: study
Grande Prairie RCMP create new unit to focus on domestic, sexual violence
More affordable housing on the way for Banff
Province announces $4.5 million to support mental health treatment for first responders
Alberta to provide additional COVID-19 homelessness supports
Women hit hardest by mental health effects of pandemic, and there may be more trouble ahead
Potential explosion in mental illness for Canadians could last years after pandemic, study suggests
Young Canadians, hospitality workers bear the brunt of mental strain in 2020: report
Lurana Shelter to continue ministry to abused women under Catholic Social Services
Expanded mental health unit coming to Grande Prairie Regional Hospital
Central Alberta programs that foster social well-being get FCSS funding
Thumbs Up Foundation receives $500,000
Alberta funding more mental health supports for first responders, military
CAMH survey shows pandemic affecting mental health, but anxiety levels may be easing
Coping with Stress, Anxiety, and Substance Use During Covid-19: How Animals Can Help
PTSD Awareness Month: Associate Minister Luan
'It's awful': Calgary homeless sleeping outdoors over fears of catching COVID-19
June declared Mental Health and Addictions Awareness Month - Airdrie
Expanded mental health supports for Albertans
'Right thing to do': Alberta introduces Mental Health Act changes to protect patients' rights
PTSD Awareness Month: Associate Minister Luan
Expanded mental health supports for Albertans
Task force to help protect vulnerable Albertans
New domestic violence shelter serving area west of Edmonton
More mental health support: Alberta expands Text4Hope program to people with cancer and addiction struggles
Calgary announces pilot projects enhancing access to addiction and mental health services
Calls for help are way down — raising concerns at the Red Deer women’s shelter
$500,000 in mental health support going to northern Albertans
Alberta Supporting Homeless and Women's Shelters
More calls to mental health helplines in Alberta due to COVID-19
Heightened risk of domestic violence in Alberta during COVID-19 pandemic
COVID-19: How a pandemic can hide domestic violence
Text-based service launched for Albertans stressed over COVID-19
Increasing mental health supports in response to COVID-19
New technology focuses on mental wellness for Albertans during COVID-19 pandemic
Online tool available to help Albertans deal with mental health during pandemic
Domestic violence rates expected to spike amid social distancing, advocacy group warns
COVID-19 isolation hotel for Calgary homeless has first guests, no known cases
Self-isolation rooms for Calgary's homeless open in hotel
Edmonton Expo Centre to be used as overflow homeless shelter amid COVID-19 pandemic
Province announces repurposing at Lethbridge’s homeless shelter
Keith Gerein: Alberta's resiliency, supports to be tested by coming mental health inferno
Mental health apps can promote resilience: study
Supporting homeless Albertans affected by COVID-19
$3.7M of funding announced for 12 housing and homelessness projects across rural Alberta
‘I had no idea what was going on’: Youth program raising awareness of mental health
Issue Paper: Mothers’ Experiences of Stigma
How art is helping N.W.T. teens learn about drugs, alcohol and wellness
Childhood victims of bullying more likely to experience depression, anxiety as teenagers: study
New, improved men’s homeless shelter for Edmonton
Children’s Mental Health Week: Premier Kenney
City puts out call for ideas to help people with mental health and addiction issues
Support for at-risk homeless in Lethbridge
Survey finds 1.8 million Albertans have been sexually abused
Understanding domestic violence in rural communities and where to turn
Calgary outreach teams, shelters working overtime during extreme cold snap
The Alex and TELUS team up for new community health bus
CMHA to unveil new supportive living units next week
Poor families, children hit hard by cuts to Alberta's social programs: report
Economic uncertainty puts Okotoks housing project for women fleeing domestic violence on hold

Eating Disorders

Young women with eating disorders aren’t getting the help they need, study says
Deep brain stimulation could treat anorexia, Toronto study finds
Higher Rate of Alcohol-Related Problems Displayed by Women With Eating Disorders
Faster treatment for eating disorder patients aim of conference


Opinion: It's time for Alberta to enact strict vaping rules — finally
Alberta reports first case of severe vaping-related lung illness
Vaping causes 'havoc' in the lungs, study with mice finds
University of Alberta program provides nicotine for trauma and surgery patients
One puff of a cigarette is enough to make you addicted, study finds
Use of smoking cessation drug may put people at higher risk for cardiovascular events
NEW RESEARCH: Anti-smoking drug Champix joins the fight against alcoholism
Pregnant and smoking? Study finds nearly half who quit resumed soon after childbirth
Smoking Is The Most Prevalent Addiction Worldwide, With 22.5% Of People Lighting Up
Here’s the Best Way to Get Someone to Quit Smoking
E-Cigarettes Are Gateway to Substance Abuse and Addiction


Press Releases/News Articles

Non for Profit Community

Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong

Special Events/Meetings

National Addictons Awareness Week (NAAW) 2019