The Regional Municipality Of York


A substance is anything taken into the body that changes the way one thinks, acts or feels. Examples include vitamins, caffeine, medication, tobacco and street drugs. York Region adopts a harm reduction philosophy by aiming to reduce the negative consequences of using substances. In addition to enforcing the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, services and information are available for tobacco and alcohol use and needle exchange.

If you drink, you can reduce your risk of injury, chronic health problems and social and family problems if you follow Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines.

Cannabis, also known as marijuana, weed or pot, can be consumed for medical and non-medical purposes. Find out more about legalization and the health effects of cannabis use in adults and youth.

Needle exchange sites provide injection drug users with sterile equipment at no cost. This reduces the likelihood of sharing and reusing equipment that may result in infections.

Opioids are medications that relieve pain. When used properly, they can help. But when misused, they can cause addiction, overdose and death.

Quitting smoking can be hard, but it is possible. Learn about the benefits of quitting smoking, where to get help and about protection from second- and third-hand smoke.

Creating smoke-free spaces can help those who smoke cut down or quit and protect people from the harmful effects of second- and third-hand smoke.

The Street Outreach Van provides mobile services including clothing, food and shelter for homeless or street involved people at no cost.

It is never too early to start talking to kids about drugs. Substance use is part of life and children who talk with their parents about drug use start to form their own opinions.

Children and youth do not think that smoking or vaping will hurt them and feel that they can quit at any time. Talk to your children about how to quit.

Electronic cigarettes and vaping are alternatives to smoking tobacco. However, more studies are needed to determine their risks.

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