Supports and Resources

Carleton offers a number of resources as well as community partners to support safer substance use.

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

  1. Avoid using substances alone
  2. Avoid mixing substances
  3. Know your tolerance and go slow
  4. Know the signs and symptoms of an overdose
  5. Know how to respond to an overdose

Signs of Opioid 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.

Training Information:

  • 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 Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act provides some legal protection for people who experience or witness an overdose and call 911 or their local emergency number for help.

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
    • parole

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 specifically  for students affected by substance use and addiction to campus during the Academic Year. All People All Pathways™ is a peer support group facilitated by individuals with living experience with substance use and substance use disorders. It is an open, drop in group with no weekly commitment or expectations of abstinence and is also open to family and friends of those experiencing stigma and/or harms related to substance use.

CAPSA provides All People All Pathways to the wider community and those seeking support can find meeting times available year round here:

The All People All Pathways meetings specifically for students will be held every Thursday evening from 7:30pm-8:30pm eastern time from September 12th 2024-April 24th 2025.

The purpose of our weekly peer support group is to allow individuals impacted by substance use, and substance use disorders, 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 to respect participants and their experiences.

Our group is inclusive of all individuals, regardless of where they are in their wellness journey, who are seeking increased health and wellness with respect to their substance use, families, allies, and professionals. All are welcome to attend our meeting.


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.

Naloxone Training

Carleton’s Office of Student Affairs offers Naloxone 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.

Individuals can register for Naloxone Training here. To request a group Naloxone training for your class, department, or club please reach out to Dillon Brady, Manager of Conduct and Harm Reduction.

Access MHA

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

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