If you have any other questions about Harm Reduction at Carleton or want to find more ways to get involved, please reach out to the Manager of Student Conduct and Harm Reduction, Dillon Brady.
Concentrated forms of opioids like Fentanyl and Carfentanil are circulating within the Ottawa drug supply. These substances are potentially more harmful than other forms of opioids as they are more easily mixed in to other substances and deliver a much higher dose. Opioid overdose can be fatal or have other long lasting health impacts. This high level of risk means it is important that we be aware of the signs of an overdose and be prepared to help someone in need.
Overdose Prevention and Response
- Avoid using substances alone
- Avoid mixing substances
- Know your tolerance and go slow
- Know the signs and symptoms of an overdose
- Know how to respond to an overdose
Signs of Opiod Overdose
If you notice these signs, get help immediately by calling Emergency Medical Services and if possible administer Naloxone.
Naloxone is a potentially lifesaving treatment that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Even after a treatment like Naloxone is delivered it is imperative to call 911/emergency services as the effects are temporary and emergency medical treatment will still be needed.
There is no risk of harm presented by delivering Naloxone, even to someone who is not experiencing an overdose. Carleton has Naloxone stations in high traffic areas on campus and Special Constables with Campus Safety Services carry Naloxone with them as well. Despite this the best way to be prepared is to have a kit of your own.
Carleton’s Overdose Prevention Strategy
As part of a focus on substance use health and harm reduction, Carleton has enacted a number of initiatives to increase the presence and availability of Naloxone within the campus community.
The Office of Student Affairs has partnered with Naloxone Care to provide training sessions and Naloxone kits to members of the Carleton community. To date over 500 kits have been supplied to member of our campus community.
- To view and register for upcoming training dates please fill out this form.
- If you would like to request a training for your department, group, or organization please contact the Manager of Student Conduct and Harm Reduction, Dillon Brady.
- If you cannot attend the trainings or need more kits, the province of Ontario maintains a list of pharmacies that provide Naloxone free of charge.
To further enhance the awareness and availability of Naloxone within the Carleton community, there are now 19 emergency Naloxone stations installed across campus, each containing 2 doses of Narcan Nasal Spray: 10 of the boxes are in the Residence Precinct and 9 are in high traffic areas of the main campus. Where possible, these boxes have been installed near existing Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) to increase visibility and demonstrate that overdose is a medical emergency and should be treated as such.
In an emergency:
If you see or experience a potential opioid overdose while on campus, it is important to contact Campus Safety Services for assistance as soon as possible at 613-520-4444. Special Constables with Campus Safety also carry Naloxone and can coordinate a response with Emergency Medical Services to ensure the required care is provided.
The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act
The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act provides some legal protection for individuals who seek emergency help during an overdose.
The Act became law on May 4, 2017 and is intended to reduce fear of police attending overdose events and encourage people to help save a life.
Legal protection granted by the Act
The Act can protect you from:
- Charges for possession of a controlled substance (i.e. drugs) under section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
- Breach of conditions regarding simple possession of controlled substances (i.e. drugs) in:
- pre-trial release
- probation orders
- conditional sentences
The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act applies to anyone seeking emergency support during an overdose, including the person experiencing an overdose. The Act protects the person who seeks help, whether they stay or leave from the overdose scene before help arrives. The Act also protects anyone else who is at the scene when help arrives.
The Act does not provide legal protection against more serious offences, such as:
- outstanding warrants
- production and trafficking of controlled substances
- all other crimes not outlined within the Act
All People All Pathways
Carleton University has partnered with the Community Addictions Peer Support Association (CAPSA) to bring weekly support meetings for those affected by substance use and addiction to campus. All People All Pathways is a peer support group facilitated by individuals with lived or living experience with substance use and addiction. It is an open drop-in group with no weekly commitment or expectations of abstinence and is open to family and friends of those struggling with substance use as well. There are separate groups for students and faculty/staff and these meetings will run weekly at the times listed below.
The purpose of our weekly peer recovery group is for individuals affected by addiction to share their experiences about what has helped them on their journey, and provide a safe and aware environment for those seeking help to ask questions, free from stigma or discrimination.
Each week, our meeting focuses on a different topic. There will be an educational component followed by discussion. Those in attendance are welcome to ask questions or provide suggestions based on their personal experience. All People All Pathways is meant to create a safe space and what is shared with the group is kept confidential out of respect for participants and their stories.
Our group is inclusive of all individuals in or seeking recovery from all forms of addiction, their families, allies, and professionals. All are welcome to attend our meeting.
Student Meeting Information
The student group will take place every Thursday from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Feel free to join after 12:00 p.m. and leave earlier than 1:00 p.m., if you need to. You will be welcome regardless of what time you join or leave the meeting.
- Meeting Link: Join now!
- Meeting ID: 929 8756 9610
- Password: 787302
Staff Meeting Information
The Staff/Faculty group will take place every Wednesday from 1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. Feel free to join later than 1:30 p.m. and leave earlier than 2:30 p.m., if you need to. You will be welcome regardless what time you join or leave the meeting.
- Meeting link: Join now!
- Meeting ID: 993 9326 6953
- Password: 222945
Tobacco Use Support
Students who are questioning their tobacco use can book a 1-hour appointment with Carleton’s Health Promotion Coordinator (HPC) to support their health and well-being. Students interested in quitting can collaborate on a quit plan and learn strategies to support themselves on their journey. Quitting is not a requirement to book an appointment. The HPC and student will collaborate on their goals for the session, which can include general tobacco information, tobacco use assessments, referrals to additional support, harm reduction strategies and relapse prevention strategies. To book an appointment with the HPC, please email Meg Gilbertson at email@example.com.
Stigma, Substances and Mental Health 101: An Educator’s Guide to Supporting Students
Carleton University partnered with Algonquin College, Ottawa U, and the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction to create this 90 minute training program to help staff and faculty increase their capacity to recognize and support students with mental health and substance use challenges. This program is offered on your Brightspace page.
Stigma Ends at CU
Stigma Ends at CU is a student-led campaign and student society functioning out of Carleton University with the goal to reduce stigma around addiction and substance use. This student society provides safe and non-judgmental ‘study or chill’ sessions and many other initiatives for students directly or indirectly affected by substance use and addiction.
Carleton’s Office of Student Affairs offers Nalozone training sessions and kits, in partnership with Naloxone Care. For more information on this training, please see the Naloxone tab of our Supports and Resources page.
Breaking Free Online
Breaking Free Online is an evidence-based digital behaviour change program that allows people to set their own goals regarding substance use and provides customized support.
Based on Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, mindfulness and other proven therapeutic approaches, the program gives people a comprehensive toolkit of resources, positive coping strategies and proven behaviour change techniques to support change. The program is available via web browser or Android and IOS applications.
Wellness Together Canada Portal
Wellness Together Canada is a comprehensive digital resource that can be accessed by anyone in Canada at any time. Services range from basic wellness information and self assessment tools to one-on-one sessions with a counsellor, or connection to a community of support.
Access MHA is a program that assists people in accessing free services for mental health and substance use health/addiction issues. After filling out a brief information form, individuals will be contacted by an Access MHA staff member with further information about supports in their local area. This program supports Eastern Ontario including: Ottawa, Pembroke, Cornwall, Hawkesbury, and surrounding areas, including the counties of: Lanark, Leeds and Grenville, Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Prescott-Russell, and Renfrew.
ConnexOntario provides free and confidential health services information for people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, mental illness or gambling by connecting them with services in their area. This program is free and accessible to anyone in Ontario.
Service Access to Recovery (SAR)
Service Access to Recovery (SAR) seeks to connect residents in the Ottawa region who are struggling with mental health and/or substance use health with community supports. The SAR service, and the organizations it refers to are free and available to those 16 or older.
Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services
Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services is a treatment provider in Ottawa that provides substance use and addiction services to youth and adults as well as friends and family that are impacted by substance use. Notably they offer a free rapid access program for youth aged 11-24 who are looking to make changes in their substance use.
Recovery Care offers access to treatment and recovery support for individuals experiencing substance use disorder in relation to Opiods, Alcohol, and other substances. They have several locations across Ottawa and work with clients to provide assessment and support.
Canadian Mental Health Association Peer Support
The Canadian Mental Health Association Peer Support has a webpage that provides information on easily accessible peer support groups for a number of mental and substance use health issues.
Peer Support Groups