EKASS Blog

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, ..

Posted On: 30-Mar-2020

Addictions Treatment - Different options
This is the second of two articles regarding information about treatment -- what it is and what it isn't' and the different formats that describe treatment. The series is written by East Kootenay Addiction Services' Executive Director, Dean Nicholson..

Posted On: 14-Feb-2020

Addictions Treatment – What it is, and what it isn’t
This is the first of two articles regarding information about treatment -- what it is and what it isn't' and the different formats that describe treatment. The series is written by East Kootenay Addiction Services' Executive Director, Dean Nichol..

Posted On: 03-Feb-2020

Ready for the Holiday Season
This is the third article in a series on Mindfulness written by Maureen Smith. Maureen is a Substance Use Counsellor at East Kootenay Addiction Services who has an interest in Mindfulness and finding creative ways to incorporate it into her counselli..

Posted On: 14-Dec-2019

What is Harm Reduction?
This article examines the Philosophy of Harm Reduction and was written by East Kootenay Addiction Services' Executive Director, Dean Nicholson. The article below does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of East Kootenay Addiction Services...

Posted On: 30-Nov-2019

Slay the procrastination dragon
This is the second article in a series on Mindfulness written by Maureen Smith. Maureen is a Substance Use Counsellor at East Kootenay Addiction Services who has an interest in Mindfulness and finding creative ways to incorporate it into her counsell..

Posted On: 06-Aug-2019

Body Mindfulness
This is the first article in a series on Mindfulness written by Maureen Smith. Maureen is a Substance Use Counsellor at East Kootenay Addiction Services who has an interest in Mindfulness and finding creative ways to incorporate it into her cou..

Posted On: 09-Jul-2019

Adolescent Drug Use Survey
In March 2019 East Kootenay Addiction Services Society (EKASS) conducted the ninth Adolescent Drug Use Survey. The region-wide survey, first undertaken by the Agency in 2002, includes all students in Grades 7 – 12 in the East Kootenay. The ..

Posted On: 16-Mar-2021

Teens and Marijuana: Sorting Through all the Information
This is the third article in a series regarding changes to marijuana legislation in Canada. The series is written by East Kootenay Addiction Services Executive Director, Dean Nicholson. The article below does not necessarily reflect the views and..

Posted On: 01-Mar-2019

Marijuana Myths
This is the second article in a series regarding changes to marijuana legislation in Canada. The series is written by East Kootenay Addiction Services Executive Director, Dean Nicholson. The article below does not necessarily reflect the views and op..

Posted On: 22-Jan-2019

Discussion to Changes to Marijuana Legislation
This is the first article in a series regarding changes to marijuana legislation in Canada. The series is written by East Kootenay Addiction Services Executive Director, Dean Nicholson. The article below does not necessarily reflect the views and..

Posted On: 07-Jan-2019

McCreary Study of the 2018 Health of Youth in BC released
McCreary Centre Society announcing the results of the 2018 BC Adolescent Health Survey East Kootenay adolescents more likely to be physically active but also to be vaping McCreary Centre Society today released the East Kootenay regio..

Posted On: 15-Dec-2018

The Compassion Project
Local Harm Reduction Teams throughout the East Kootenay have gathered material for The Compassion Project - an art show created for the purpose of sparking curiosity about values, beliefs and assumptions surrounding drug use in your community. Th..

Posted On: 19-Jan-2018

Reflecting on 2015
This article is written by Theresa Bartraw. Theresa is the Regional Youth Substance Use Education Coordinator at East Kootenay Addiction Services. The article below does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of East Kootenay Addiction Se..

Posted On: 31-Dec-2015

Selling Alcohol in Grocery Stores
This month marked a policy change in BC which permits select grocery stores to sell alcohol. This post originally appeared on the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health blog, however, while this blog is from Ontario, many of the points are now releva..

Posted On: 13-Apr-2015

MDMA Vs PMA

Para-MethoxyAmphetamine An ecstasy user would like their pills to contain just one active ingredient - MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine). But because banned drugs are unregulated, they can contain other drugs, and sometimes no MDMA at..

Posted On: 13-Apr-2015

Ecstacy in 2015

We shared this article on social media a few weeks back and thought we'd share it here too... Ecstacy in 2015 article (http://www.mixmag.net/words/features/ecstasy-2015)..

Posted On: 31-Mar-2020

Brain Awareness Week

March 16 - 22nd is Brain Awareness Week, a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. In recognition of the week, EKASS has created a list of resources which highlight the ways in which brain research..

Posted On: 31-Mar-2020