1. Introduction and Acceptance of Terms of Use.

    East Kootenay Addiction Services Society (EKASS) offers you a wide range of content, communication tools, blogs, videos, forums, and information about its products and services ("Materials") via this web site. By using this web site, you are agreeing to accept and comply with the terms and conditions of use as stated below ("Terms of Use"), which EKASS may update at any time without notice. You should visit this page periodically to review the then-current Terms of Use. Please note that EKASS may, at its sole discretion, terminate your access to this web site at any time without notice.

  2. Limited Right to Use.

    This web site is owned and operated by EKASS. Unless otherwise specified, all Materials on this web site are the property of EKASS and are protected by the copyright laws of Canada and, throughout the world by the applicable copyright laws. You may, view, print and/or download one copy of the Materials from this web site on any single computer solely for your personal, informational, non-commercial use, provided you keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices. No Materials published by EKASS on this web site, in whole or in part, may be copied, reproduced, modified, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed in any form or by any means without prior written permission from EKASS. The use of any such Materials on any other web site or networked computer environment or for any other purpose is strictly prohibited and such unauthorized use may violate copyright, trademark and other similar laws.

  3. Communications.

    Except for any disclosure by you for technical support purposes, or as specified in our Privacy Statement, all communications from you to this web site will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary. You agree that any and all comments, information, feedback and ideas regarding our company, products or services that you communicate to EKASS ("Feedback") will be deemed, at the time of communication to EKASS, the property of EKASS, and EKASS shall be entitled to full rights of ownership, including without limitation, unrestricted right to use or disclose such Feedback in any form, medium or technology now known or later developed, and for any purpose, commercial or otherwise, without compensation to you. You are solely responsible for the content of your communications and their legality under all laws and regulations. You agree not to use this web site to distribute, link to or solicit content that is defamatory, harassing, unlawful, libellous, harmful to minors, threatening, obscene, false, misleading, or infringing a third party intellectual or privacy rights.

  4. Access to Password Protected or Secured Areas.

    Access to and use of password protected or secured areas of this web site is restricted to authorized users only. You will be asked to provide accurate and current information on all registration forms on this web site. You are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any username and password that you choose or is chosen by your web administrator on your behalf, to access this web site as well as any activity that occur under your username/password. You will not misuse or share your username or password, misrepresent your identity or your affiliation with an entity, impersonate any person or entity, or misstate the origin of any Materials you are exposed to through this web site.

  5. Monitoring.

    Although EKASS is not obligated to do so, it will have the right to review your communications on this web site to determine whether you comply with our Terms of Use. EKASS will not have any liability or responsibility for the content of any communications you post to this web site, or for any errors or violations of any laws or regulations by you. EKASS will comply with any court order in disclosing the identity of any person posting communications on this web site. It is advisable that you review our Privacy Policy before posting any such communications. Please note that when you conduct transactions with other companies providing content via this web site, you will also be subject to their privacy policies.

  6. Links to Other Sites.

    The linked sites are not under the control of EKASS and EKASS is not responsible for the content of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site. EKASS reserves the right to terminate any link at any time. EKASS may provide links from this web site to other sites as a convenience to you and in no way should this be interpreted as an endorsement of any company, content or products to which it links. If you decide to access any of the third party sites linked to this web site, you do this entirely at your own risk. EKASS DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, TO ANY SUCH LINKED SITES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY TERMS AS TO THE ACCURACY, OWNERSHIP, VALIDITY OR LEGALITY OF ANY CONTENT OF A LINKED SITE.

  7. Trademarks.

    The trademarks, service marks and logos of EKASS and others used in this web site ("Trademarks") are the property of EKASS and their respective owners. You have no right to use any such Trademarks, and nothing contained in this web site or the Terms of Use grants any right to use (by implication, waiver, estoppel or otherwise) any Trademarks without the prior written permission of EKASS or the respective owner.

  8. Indemnity.

    You agree to indemnify, defend and hold EKASS harmless from and against any and all third party claims, liabilities, damages, losses or expenses (including reasonable attorney's fees and costs) arising out of, based on or in connection with your access and/or use of this web site.

  9. Limitation of Liability.

    IN NO EVENT SHALL EKASS OR ITS SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOSS PROFITS OR REVENUES, COSTS OF REPLACEMENT GOODS, LOSS OR DAMAGE TO DATA ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THIS WEB SITE OR ANY LINKED SITE, DAMAGES RESULTING FROM USE OF OR RELIANCE ON THE INFORMATION OR MATERIALS PRESENTED ON THIS WEB SITE, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY EVEN IF EKASS OR ITS SUPPLIERS HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

  10. Disclaimer.

    EKASS assumes no responsibility for accuracy, correctness, timeliness, or content of the Materials provided on this web site. You should not assume that the Materials on this web site are continuously updated or otherwise contain current information. EKASS is not responsible for supplying content or materials from the web site that have expired or have been removed. THE MATERIALS PROVIDED AT THIS WEB SITE ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND ANY WARRANTY (EXPRESS OR IMPLIED), CONDITION OR OTHER TERM OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT OR TITLE IS HEREBY EXCLUDED.

  11. Applicable Laws.

    These Terms of Use are governed by the law in force in the State of New South Wales, Australia, and the parties irrevocably submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of New South Wales and courts of appeal from them for determining any dispute concerning the Terms of Use.

  12. General.

    If you have any questions regarding the Terms of Use, please contact EKASS via our Contact page.

 


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    Posted on: 03-Apr-2020

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  • EKASS still providing help to those dealing with substance use amid COVID-19

    Posted on: 30-Mar-2020

    Posted by Theresa Bartraw | on 30-Mar-2020 EKASS still providing help to those dealing with substance use amid COVID-19

    Cranbrook Townsman Article

    Paul Rodgers - March 30,2020

    With COVID-19 dominating headlines it can be easy to forget about other issues face by groups of people in society that haven’t gone away. Drug and alcohol abuse, for example, is still a prevalent issue that, if anything, is adversely impacted by the stress, uncertainty and economic upset accompanying this pandemic.

    “I think certainly the whole COVID issue is having potentially a number of different impacts on people who might be having issues with substance use,” Dean Nicholson, executive director and substance use counsellor with East Kootenay Addiction Services Society (EKASS), told the Bulletin.

    It’s too early to have official data showing an increase in drug and alcohol use yet, but Nicholson said it is known that people tend to turn to substances more in times of high stress and economic downturn.

    Additionally, sales of liquor are up 40 per cent in B.C., but that could be attributed to both some people using alcohol more as well as people stocking up for fears of stores closing, or not wanting to leave the house due to social distancing protocols.

    “I think if people have lost their job or if they’re worried about losing their job or other kind of impacts on your daily routine, we know that some people are going to cope by turning to whether it’s alcohol or other substances to manage that,” Nicholson explained. “So I think we could expect that there’s going to be an upturn.”

    EKASS, as always, is there to help people dealing with substance use issues, although their offices throughout the East Kootenay are closed, they continue to provide services to all of their clients, including counselling which is now done through telephone or web-based contacts.

    Their harm reduction supplies, naloxone kits, safer injection and inhalation kits are all still available through local pharmacies as EKASS continues to supply their community partners with that equipment.

    “The face to face contact we’re not able to do but in terms of the services we provide those are continuing,” Nicholson said. “So we want people to know that first and foremost.”

    Nicholson advises people to go to their website, www.ekass.com, for instruction on where they can get access to all of those resources and more.

    One concern that was immediately raised in the wake of business shutdowns was that liquor stores would close as well.

    “… for people who may be alcohol dependent and who are drinking regularly, if they were unable to get access to alcohol there’s a concern that they could go into alcohol withdrawal, which potentially can be fatal,” Nicholson explained.

    He said that after seeing some provinces consider the total shutdown of liquor stores, they then reversed that decision, recognizing that in this case there is actually more risk for people through not having access to alcohol.

    There is also the issue of alcohol-dependent people who are having to self-isolate, or who are unable to go out and purchase alcohol. While it’s not something EKASS currently does, something they are currently looking at is something called a managed alcohol program.

    There isn’t one in this area, but many major urban centres have programs like this, that provide regular, daily alcohol distribution to ensure people aren’t going into alcohol withdrawal.

    “Some of the larger centres in Canada particularly if they were sheltered based housing there would be a system where people could come daily to pick up alcohol throughout the day rather than having to get alcohol on the street or other non-beverage types of alcohol.”

    Noting the upsurge in alcohol sales in the province amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Nicholson encourages everyone to look at their use patterns, saying that even if someone isn’t using in a way that’s causing them problems right now, they should still be mindful so they prevent themselves from increasing their use as a way of coping with stress.

    “Certainly as an agency we recognize that there’s a healthy, social, responsible way that you can use alcohol or to use marijuana, and we don’t discourage people from healthy responsible use, but we certainly look at when people are using as a way of managing stress or managing uncomfortable feelings or managing negative situations,” he explained. “If they’re using to deal with that, that increases the risk that their use becomes problematic.”

    Nicholson refers to the provincial lower risk drinking guidelines, which again can be found on the EKASS website.

    “If people aren’t sure what a healthy amount of alcohol to use, there are guidelines that say if you’re using at this level then your risk of developing dependency or developing health problems are much lower.”

    EKASS has also been posting links to other resources to help people manage stress and anxiety generally, but also in the face of this pandemic.

    “We recognize that people are going to be more anxious and have some website links that give people guides on how to do that more effectively,” Nicholson said. “I know that there’s been a huge increase in online services.”

    Finally, Nicholson said that because this pandemic is such a rapidly-evolving situation, what he’s said today might be different than what he says a week later, in terms of the programming that’s going on on how EKASS might be trying to respond. As issues that they perhaps haven’t yet thought of come to light, they will need to develop new protocols to respond to them.

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  • Managing the COVID-19 Virus Update
  • Managing the COVID-19 Virus Update

    Posted on: 25-Mar-2020

    Posted by ekass | 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 www.ekass.com 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.

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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

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  • 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 www.ekass.com 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.

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  • 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.

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