Clinics & Services

Alcohol, Drug & Gambling Services

Alert

June 28, 2019: Carfentanil Alert - The Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health has reported there has been an increase in carfentanil in Ontario in 2019. Carfentanil is a very toxic opioid and people who use carfentanil may be at high risk of overdose. Carfentanil has contributed to 142 deaths in Ontario between January 1, 2019 and April 29, 2019.

There is no easy way to know what is in your drugs. You can't see it, smell it or taste it. Substances such as fentanyl and carfentanil can be cut (mixed) with other drugs. Even a very small amount can cause an overdose.

February 1, 2019: Purple Heroin Alert: Public Health Services has received reports of overdoses due to Purple Heroin, a highly toxic synthetic laced heroin, circulating the community.  People say it can cause confusion, and speech problems.  People also say it can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea for several days after. This serves as an important reminder to the community that street drugs continue to be cut (mixed) with toxic substances.

June 22, 2018: Blue Heroin Alert: Public Health Services has received multiple reports of overdoses attributed to “Blue Heroin”, a highly toxic fentanyl laced heroin, circulating the community.  This serves as an important reminder to the community that street drugs continue to be cut (mixed) with substances such as fentanyl.

March 2018: Purple Heroin Alert: Public Health Services has received multiple reports of overdoses attributed to “Purple Heroin”, a highly toxic fentanyl laced heroin, circulating in the community. This serves as an important reminder to the community that street drugs continue to be cut (mixed) with substances such as fentanyl.

September 2017: Public Health Services has received reports of fentanyl laced methamphetamine circulating in the community. This serves as an important reminder to the community that street drugs can be cut (mixed) with substances such as fentanyl.

March 2017: Public Health Services has been notified of reports of a drug called “takeover” or "dirty fentanyl" which is crack laced with fentanyl. Reports are that this drug is causing an immediate and dangerous loss of consciousness. 

December 2016: Be aware that street drugs in Hamilton may contain a deadly opioid drug carfentanil. It is 100 times more toxic than fentanyl and is hidden in other drugs. It will cause more overdoses and deaths.

An opioid overdose is a medical emergency. Prevent opioid overdose death and save lives using the 4 C’s of safety:

  • Careful Use - Don’t use alone, do a test dose first,
    • When using with others, do not use at the same time
    • Use at the Consumption and Treatment Site at Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre, 71 Rebecca St.
    • Access opioid treatments (e.g. Suboxone or Methadone)
  • Carry naloxone - Get a FREE naloxone kit, and training at the following locations:
    • City of Hamilton Public Health Services Harm Reduction program: 905-546-4276.
    • Participating local pharmacies by calling the Drug and Alcohol Helpline: 1-800-565-8603.
  • Call 9-1-1 for every overdose. You, your friend or family member needs hospital care to survive.
  • CPR. Push Hard, Push Fast.

 

Alcohol, Drugs & Gambling Services, or ADGS provides information, counselling and programs on alcohol, drugs and gambling.

Alcohol, Drug & Gambling Services hours and location

Location: 21 Hunter Street East, 3rd floor, Hamilton.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4:30 pm, Wednesday, 9 am until 7 pm.

You can pay to park:

  • in lots on the corner of Hughson Street and Jackson Street or Hughson Street and Main Street
  • at parking meter spots on Hunter Street 

There is one reserved parking spot for disabled permit holders. There is a wheelchair accessible ramp in the parking lot beside the building and an elevator in the lobby.  

How to access Alcohol, Drug & Gambling Services

For information about alcohol, drugs or gambling:

  • Call 905-546-3606 Monday to Friday 9 am to 4:30 pm

To book a clinic appointment:

  • Call our Intake Worker at 905-546-3606 and press option 3 for alcohol and drugs or option 4 for gambling
  • Drop in on Monday 2 to 4 pm or Thursday 9:30 to 11:30 am

The Intake Worker will ask a few questions; this may take 15 minutes of your time.

Email is not considered a private and confidential form of communication and we prefer that you call to make an appointment or ask any questions.

We provide the following free services through ADGS:

  • Information about alcohol, drugs or gambling and where to find help
  • Individual counselling for alcohol and drugs
  • Individual, couple and family counselling for gambling
  • Group programs such as:
    • Older Wiser Lifestyles for those over 55 years 
    • Skills for Change - weekly sessions to help develop coping skills 
    • Concurrent Disorders group for those who have a mental health diagnosis and alcohol, drug or gambling concerns
    • Skills To Enhance Personal Success, also known as STEPS, a Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, or DBT group for gambling, drug or alcohol use
    • Relapse Prevention group for people who have received treatment and want to abstain from alcohol and drugs
    • Bets Off group for people with gambling concerns
  • Methadone case management
  • Drink Wise for people who want to cut down on drinking alcohol
  • Referral to residential treatment
  • Needle Syringe program for dropping off used needles and picking up supplies
  • Back on Track Remedial Measures for those convicted of impaired driving
  • Cravings hotline at 905-546-3606, press 6 to hear messages to help with cravings for alcohol, drugs or gambling
  • Referral to other programs

We provide a safe place for you to talk where you will not be judged.

ADGS is for:

  • People with concerns about alcohol, drugs or gambling
  • People over age 23 for the alcohol and drug programs
  • People over age 12 for the gambling programs

Families and friends can call for information and support.