Links and Resources

  • Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

    Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse (CCSA): The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse has a legislated mandate to provide national leadership and evidence-informed analysis and advice to mobilize collaborative efforts to reduce alcohol- and other drug-related harms.


  • Center for Addiction Research BC

    The Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CARBC) is a network of individuals and groups dedicated to the study of substance use and addiction in support of community-wide efforts to promote health and reduce harm. Our research is used to inform a broad range of projects, reports, publications and initiatives aimed at providing all people in BC and beyond with access to happier, healthier lives, whether using substances or not.


  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

    The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues


  • COVID-19 Coping Resources

    Available Resources

    Coping during COVID-19

    Cranbrook Food Resources
    Living with Worry and Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty

    Why Talking Helps?

    Live Meetings while face-to-face support groups are not available

    Low-risk drinking guidelines

    COVID-19 Response: Harm Reduction and Overdose Response

    A Guide on Mental Health and Wellbeing

    COVID-19 and Safer Drug Use


    Parent/Family COVID-19 Support 

    General COVID-19 Links

    BC Government Self-Assessment Tool


  • Cranbrook Food Resources April 2020

    Food Resource Directory

    Food Resources

    Link: file:///C:/Users/Theresa/Downloads/CRANBROOK%20FOOD%20RESOURCES%20(1).pdf

  • Drug Cocktails was created for youth to help them “get the facts” about the effects and risks of mixing medications they take with substances like cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana and other street drugs.


  • Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre

    The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre is a provincial resource centre that provides mental health and substance use information, resources, and peer support to children, youth and their families from across BC.


  • Mobilizing Knowledge about Addictions and Mental Health for Alberta

    Know Mo, which stands for knowledge mobilization, aims to be the hub for addictions and mental health information in Alberta. The site’s purpose is to get the right information in the right format to the right people in a timely manner, to influence decision-making and to promote partnerships.


  • National Institute on Drug Abuse
    NIDA's mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. This charge has two critical components. The first is the strategic support and conduct of research across a broad range of disciplines. The second is ensuring the rapid and effective dissemination and use of the results of that research to significantly improve prevention and treatment and to inform policy as it relates to drug abuse and addiction


    Recent Posts

    • Cranbrook Drug Alert
    • Cranbrook Drug Alert

      Posted on: 16-Jun-2020

      Posted by EKASS | on 16-Jun-2020 Cranbrook Drug Alert


      Interior Heath has issued a Drug Alert for Cranbrook due to drug checking results through ANKORS that revealed highly toxic levels of fentanyl and benzodiazepines in a DARK PURPLE pebbly substance. People who use drugs are reporting passing out for extended periods of time after consuming this substance.  
      If you wish to share this alert with others – please note that this alert is localized to the community of CRANBROOK only. If you choose to display this poster, please remove by June 23rd, 2020 as per best practices.
      Thank you for your help in getting this important information out.  
      For your safety:
      ⭐️Buddy up when you are using, stay 2 meters (6 ft) from your buddy to remain physically distanced, but remember using with a buddy is safer than using alone!
      ⭐️Get your drugs checked - available at ANKORS and East Kootenay Addictions Services Society. More info:
      ⭐️Remember, smoking substances can still lead to overdose, take measures to prevent overdose.      
      ⭐️Avoid using different drugs at the same time or using drugs and alcohol together. 
      ⭐️Don’t use alone. Leave door unlocked. Tell someone to check on you.
      ⭐️If you feel you must use while alone, consider using the Lifeguard app which can connect you with emergency medical dispatchers in the event of an overdose. Download at the App Store or Google Play.  
      ⭐️Test by using a small amount, then go slow.
      ⭐️Carry a Naloxone kit and know how to use it.
      Know the signs of overdose and how to respond 
      🌟Recognize the signs of an OD: slow or no breathing, gurgling or gasping, lips/fingertips turning blue, difficult to rouse (awaken), non-responsive.
      🌟 Call 9-1-1 immediately It is still safe (and important) to use emergency services during the COVID -19 pandemic
      🌟Open airway and give rescue breaths using face mask
      🌟Give naloxone (Narcan) if you have it.
      Naloxone is available at:
      💫 ANKORS, EKASS, IH Public Health & Mental Health Substance Use Locations
      💫 Pharmacies located throughout Cranbrook
      Drug checking is available at:
      ✔️ANKORS #209 – 16th Ave North Cranbrook250-426-3383
      ✔️EKASS – 250-489-4344
      For more resources and links related to overdose and substance use, visit:

    • EKASS is now offering a virtual mindfulness group

      Posted on: 22-May-2020

      Posted by EKASS | on 22-May-2020 EKASS is now offering a virtual mindfulness group

      Mind full or Mindful?

      East Kootenay Addictions Services Society is offering a 4 week Mindfulness Skills Training Group (once a week, for 2 hours on Tuesdays) for anyone who would like to reduce their suffering and learn to live a happier, more peaceful life. For more information and to register for this free series, contact Kari or Eleine at 250-489-4344

    • Cranbrook Food Resources
    • Cranbrook Food Resources

      Posted on: 03-Apr-2020

      Posted by Theresa Bartraw | on 03-Apr-2020 Cranbrook Food Resources

      Cranbrook Food Resources

      Food Resources


    Upcoming Events

    • New additions to the COVID-19 resource section

      Event Date: 31-Mar-2020

      Posted by Theresa Bartraw | on 31-Mar-2020 New additions to the COVID-19 resource section

      East Kootenay Addictions Services is building and adding to the COVID-19 Response Resources section of the website. Follow the link here COVID-19 Resources for more information

    • Managing the Covid-19 Virus Update
      Event Date: 25-Mar-2020
    • Managing the Covid-19 Virus Update

      Event Date: 25-Mar-2020

      Posted by Theresa Bartraw | on 25-Mar-2020 Managing the Covid-19 Virus Update

      March 25, 2020

      Dear Clients:

      As part of our ongoing response to the Covid-19 pandemic, EKASS has followed the recommendations of the Federal and Provincial Governments, and has closed all our offices effective March 18, 2020.    

      To stay in line with the precautions suggested by the Federal Government of self-distancing, this office will be closed indefinitely.  Please check our website for updated information and links to resources and supports.

      We are continuing to provide counselling services to our clients via phone or webbased options.  

      Clients on the OAT Program will be contacted by the doctors at the Interior Chemical Dependency Office in Kamloops to ensure that they continue to receive scripts.

      Harm Reduction supplies continue to be available as we continue to provide supplies to our community partners.

      We recognize that these are stressful times.  We are here to support you and want people to stay in touch as we navigate this situation together.  If you have questions or concerns, or to book an appointment, please call the Cranbrook office at 250-489-4344 for further information.  We will be checking the phones messages daily and responding as quickly as we can.

    • Teen Empowerment and Mastery Program
      Event Date: 4-May-2020
    • Teen Empowerment and Mastery Program

      Event Date: 4-May-2020

      Posted by EKASS | on 14-Feb-2020 Teen Empowerment and Mastery Program

      Communities throughout the East Kootenay region will be holding the Teen Empowerment and Mastery (TEAM) Program in May and June of 2020. Click here to learn more about TEAM. If you are a young person interested in attending TEAM contact us at 1-877-489-4344 for more information.