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WE ARE MOVING

We have some exciting changes happening at 200 Queens Ave.!

Starting March 5th all our services are temporarily moving to the 5th floor due to renovations. The 2nd floor will not be accessible during this time. Regular office hours and walk-in intake times will continue. Services are projected to resume on the 2nd floor starting April 9th.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time. We look forward to sharing our new and improved space with you soon!

2018-02-12T14:34:27-05:00February 12th, 2018|

Health Links

The health link approach to coordinated care planning.

Most people with many different care needs see a lot of different people for support. It can be hard for these people and their families to arrange appointments, Travel to appointments, and keep all of their information straight. Coordinated Care Planning can help.

Coordinated Care Planning brings the full Care Team together to develop a Care Plan, based on the person’s unique needs and goals.

2018-05-14T20:39:20-05:00January 5th, 2018|

2017-2018 Holiday Hours

If you are in crisis you have several choices:

You may contact Reach Out Crisis Services at 519-433-2023. The toll free number is 1-866-933-2023. They can help you with next steps or connect you to the Support Line, which can also be reached at 519-691-8055

You may go directly to the Walk In Mental Health & Addictions Crisis Centre 24/7 for walk in crisis assessment and support at 648 Huron Street in London near Adelaide and Huron

If you are in withdrawal please contact the Withdrawal Management Centre at 519-432-7241 or go to the nearest emergency department for medical assistance.

London Office (200 Queens Ave)
Dec 22 – 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Dec 23 – CLOSED
Dec 24 – CLOSED
Dec 25 – CLOSED
Dec 26 – CLOSED
Dec 27 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Dec 29 – 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Dec 30 – CLOSED
Dec 31 – CLOSED
Jan 1 – CLOSED
Jan 2 – 8:30 am – 8:00 pm

 

Woodstock Office (35 Metcalf Street)
Dec 22 – 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Dec 23 – 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Dec 25 – CLOSED
Dec 26 – CLOSED
Dec 27 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Dec 29 – 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Jan 1 – CLOSED
Jan 2 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

 

St. Thomas Office (10 Mondamin Street, Suite 109)
Dec 22 – 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Dec 23 – CLOSED
Dec 24 – CLOSED
Dec 25 – CLOSED
Dec 26 – CLOSED
Dec 27 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Dec 29 – 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Dec 30 – CLOSED
Dec 31 – CLOSED
Jan 1 – CLOSED
Jan 2 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

2017-12-01T13:04:02-05:00December 1st, 2017|

CARFENTANIL SEIZURES IN LONDON CONFIRMED

CARFENTANIL SEIZURES IN LONDON CONFIRMED
Two seizures tested positive for the deadly drug

LONDON, ON (November 15, 2017) – The London Police Service (LPS) is warning the public after two drug samples seized in the city tested positive for the deadly drug carfentanil.

Test results from Health Canada showed the synthetic opioid that it is approximately 100 times more powerful than fentanyl or 10,000 times more powerful than morphine, was found in two separate seizures, one on August 25, 2017, and the other on September 11, 2017.

“To date in 2017, there have also been 23 confirmed seizures of fentanyl, a 460% percent increase from the five confirmed fentanyl cases in 2016,” said London Police Chief John Pare.

“This is a turning point in the local drug crisis and it’s not a turn for the better. I am sad for the effect this will have on the most vulnerable people in our community; even for first time users, it’s like playing Russian roulette,” said Dr. Chris Mackie, Medical Officer of Health with the Middlesex-London Health Unit. “We’ve been anticipating something like this and have been expanding the distribution of naloxone as well as having public consultations about supervised consumption facilities.”

It only takes an amount equivalent to a grain of salt or two milligrams of carfentanil powder to be lethal through inhalation, ingestion or absorption through the skin. The drug can be mixed with other drugs and cannot be detected unless tested in a laboratory.

“People should never use alone and they should always have Naloxone with them,” said Dr. Mackie.

If you suspect that an overdose has taken place, please call 9-1-1 for medical assistance.

Anyone with information in relation to this incident is asked to call the London Police Service at (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent in on-line anonymously to www.londoncrimestoppers.com

 

From London Police Service:
https://www.londonpolice.ca/Modules/News/index.aspx?newsId=9ea05501-6195-4bdb-837f-12d8b6e46fa7

2017-11-16T14:01:20-05:00November 16th, 2017|

Supervised Consumption Facilities Community Consultations

Middlesex-London Health Unit is hosting community consultation sessions regarding supervised consumption facilities in London.

ADSTV Board of Directors has issues a Statement of Support for the facilities and ADSTV encourages those interested in sharing their input to register for and attend one of the sessions below:

  • November 7th, Marconi Club, 120 Clarke Rd. 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • November 8th, Canada Games Aquatic Centre, 1045 Wonderland Rd. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • November 13th, BMO Centre, 295 Rectory St. 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • November 15th, Goodwill Centre, 255 Horton St. 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • November 21st, Byron Recreation Centre, 1308 Norman Ave. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • November 27th, South London Community Centre, 585 Bradley Ave. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • November 28th, Middlesex County Building, 399 Ridout St. North. 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • November 29th, Stoney Creek Library, 920 Sunningdale Road East, London ON, N5X 0H5.  6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • November 29th, Stronach Community Recreation Centre, 1221 Sandford St. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Fore registration or to complete an online survey, visit the Middlesex-London Health Unit Website: https://www.healthunit.com/opioids-get-involved

2017-10-30T14:53:37-05:00October 30th, 2017|

Problem Gambling Prevention Week

London Problem Gambling Prevention Week is October 23-27, 2017.

Problem Gambling Prevention Week (PGPW) is a week-long community-based awareness program organized in conjunction with the Responsible Gambling Council and other community groups. The program focuses on bringing community attention to the risks of problem gambling, ways to limit those risks, realistic expectations of winning and losing, and where to get help if you have a problem.

Resources in our community include:

Internet, Gaming Disorders & Problem Gambling Services (ADSTV)

Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario (CAMH)

Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline
1-888-230-3505

Gamblers Anonymous (GA)
London Chapter: 416-366-7613

2017-10-20T14:37:54-05:00October 20th, 2017|

Youth Film Festival

The Oxford Drug Awareness Committee invites young people to start a conversation about what interests them and how they won’t let drugs interfere with their future goals. Young people from Oxford County are encouraged to make and submit videos that show the healthy and positive interests they have and how they won’t let drugs (including alcohol) interfere with these interests and future goals. Prizes will be given for the top rated films that meet judging criteria. Find rules, judging criteria and submission information in the Youth Film Festival Package here:
General Population Youth Film Festival Contest Package August 2017

 

2017-10-11T08:46:32-05:00October 11th, 2017|

New funding announced for Street Level Women At Risk

The Anti-Human Trafficking Community Supports Fund (the Fund) is one of the initiatives under Ontario’s Strategy to End Human Trafficking, announced in June 2016. The Fund will be used to support organizations across a range of sectors that are part of the service delivery continuum for responding to human trafficking, and that are interested in implementing innovative, locally-driven solutions to address human trafficking in their communities. Priority will be placed on supporting survivors of human trafficking and their families in their journey towards healing and recovery, and / or preventing human trafficking.

Street Level Women at Risk (SLWAR) will augment the existing service by having a dedicated response to trafficked street level sex workers.  The SLWAR model addresses needs and service gaps through an innovative collaborative Housing First approach. Housing Stability Workers (HSW) will provide intensive, in-home support for trafficked women now working as street involved sex workers. Continuous intensive in-home case management is offered for a two year period as the participants move through the phases of housing stability. The Housing Selection worker will monitor the payment of rent and housing allowances as well as support housing stability by building relationships with the landlords.

2017-09-29T14:02:48-05:00September 29th, 2017|

ALERT: RECENT TESTING SHOWS FENTANYL IN OTHER DRUGS

In conjunction with Middlesex-London Health Unit, the Canadian Mental Health Association, and London Police Service, Addiction Services of Thames Valley is issuing an alert regarding potentially lethal Fentanyl showing up in other drugs.

Urine Drug Screening conducted last week at ADSTV’s Suboxone Clinic detected Fentanyl in people who reported using only Heroin and in others who reported using only Marijuana. There have also been reports of Fentanyl in powdered form in London that is being snorted like cocaine.

See full notice HERE

2017-08-03T16:25:40-05:00August 3rd, 2017|

Help ADSTV showcase our diversity!

We’re seeking assistance of clients, allies, and community members to decorate our Pride London Float! Decorate a flag for us  to hang on our float – it can be decorated with something you like, it can tell a story, or whatever you would like – it’s up to you!

All input is welcome! Just print your flag from one of the files below and return it to any ADSTV location. 

Flag Template 1

Flag Template 2

 

2017-07-13T13:48:16-05:00July 13th, 2017|

Making the Impossible Possible – ADSTV Foundation Gala

The ADSTV Foundation is pleased to announce their second annual Gala Thursday, June 1, 2017. This year’s Gala aims to raise funds, build awareness, and promote the theme: “Making the Impossible Possible.”

The Gala aims to change the stigma around addiction. Funds raised will help support those on the journey of addiction recovery and allow us to continue to share our message: Change is Possible. Funds generated will support the development of recovery videos and awareness raising activities such as the annual Stage for Change events.

Together it is possible!

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Evening Agenda

5:30 PM         Reception

6:15 PM         Welcome
Presented by Emcee: Sarah Smith

6:30 PM         Ignite Talk / Possible Campaign
Presented by: Linda Sibley, Executive Director of ADSTV

6:45 PM         Starter

7:00 PM         Interactive Activity
Presented by Shawn Rumble

7:30 PM         Entrée
Sarah Smith Live Performance

8:15 PM         Dessert

8:30 PM         Final Remarks
Presented by: Gala Co-Chairs Mike Steele & Mike Blewett

2017-04-20T14:34:03-05:00April 20th, 2017|

Canadian Federal Government Unveils Long-Awaited Cannabis Legislation

April, 18, 2017

On April 13, 2017, the Trudeau government unveiled its highly anticipated legislation to legalize access to marihuana. The legislative package includes two Bills: one, the “Cannabis Act”, that creates a new federal-provincial regime to produce and sell cannabis, and a second that strengthens the laws related to impaired driving by users of both marihuana and alcohol. Amendments to numerous other statutes, as well as an educational program covering the health risks posed by cannabis, will also be implemented to help integrate the provisions of the Cannabis Act into Canadian law. In all, the newly proposed legislation establishes a legal framework for the production, possession, distribution and sale of cannabis and cannabis products, as well as the enforcement of cannabis related offences.

Read More: http://www.fasken.com/en/canadian-federal-governement-unveils-long-awaited-cannabis-legislation/

 

2017-04-20T09:45:02-05:00April 20th, 2017|

Help shape health care in your community

The South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is seeking members of the public to participate on its committees and offer their perspective on health care as a patient, family or caregiver and inform our decision-making around health system planning, funding and integration.

What are the benefits of taking part?

  •   Share your experiences and ideas about parts of the health care system that could impact your own experience and outcomes.
  •   Work with and learn from peers from across the South West LHIN.
  •   Build your listening and speaking skills as you share your own experiences and ideas.
  •   Learn a great deal about the health care system and the different initiatives designed to improve care.

The South West LHIN wants to hear from anyone who has been a patient, a family member of a patient, or a caregiver. This is a volunteer role. If you live within the South West LHIN’s geography and you would like to participate, visit southwestlhin.on.ca/communityengagement/PatientVoice/apply to learn more or call 1-866-294- 5446 to speak with Pauline Adams. Deadline to apply is Monday May 1, 2017.

2017-04-12T09:19:40-05:00April 12th, 2017|

Statement of Support – Supervised Injection Sites

The Addiction Services of Thames Valley Board of Directors supports the recommendation for a Supervised Injection Site(s) in London. The ADSTV Board supports harm reduction and believes that this site will increase access to addiction treatment expertise and other appropriate supports that will  prevent overdose and increase access to healthcare for persons who inject drugs.

 

Le Conseil d’administration des « Services de toxicomanie de Thames Valley » appuie la recommandation d’un (de) site(s) d’injection supervisé(s) à London. Le Conseil des STTV soutient le principe de la réduction des méfaits et estime que ce site permettra d’augmenter l’accès à l’expertise du traitement des dépendances et à d’autres mesures de soutien appropriées, ce qui permettra d’éviter l’overdose et d’accroître l’accès aux soins de santé pour les personnes qui s’injectent des drogues.

2017-04-04T13:31:31-05:00April 3rd, 2017|