Pre-contemplator QA Post Category: Medicine and Other Substances

Where can I get help?

Talk with your health care provider (including your pharmacist) about any medicine, herbal products (including powders, pills and herbal teas) and supplements that you take. You can also call Health Link at 811. If you have any questions, they can give you information on possible side-effects, interactions or risks of the products and medicine you […]

Are herbal products safe?

Although people may think of herbal products as being natural, natural does not always mean safe. Many of our strongest poisons and medicines come from natural sources (e.g., cyanide, cocaine). Herbal products come in a variety of forms, including powders, pills and herbal teas. Many herbal products have not been tested for safety, or for […]

When can prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicine be harmful?

Prescription medicine and over-the-counter (OTC) medicine can be harmful if not used as directed. This can include: taking medicine prescribed to someone else taking the medicine to feel ‘high’ or intoxicated taking a higher dose than prescribed or recommended having more than one prescription for the same medicine  

How could substance use affect me or my partner?

Substance use (e.g., psychoactive drugs) can affect a person’s thinking and mood and may affect how they make decisions. It might also put people in an unsafe situation where it is difficult to avoid risks. This might include unsafe sex practices leading to an increased risk of STIs or unintended pregnancy. There may also be […]