Other Substances

People use substances (e.g., psychoactive drugs) for a number of reasons. Their use may be harmful to their health and may lead to substance use disorder. This includes the use of legal and illegal substances and can include using prescription medicine and over-the-counter (OTC) medicine in a way that is not intended.

Substance use can cause harm to your health, and when pregnant, to the health of your baby. If you’re using legal or illegal substances to cope, talk with your health care provider (including your pharmacist) or a counsellor about alternatives that will help you and reduce the risk during pregnancy.

Help is available through the AHS Addiction & Mental Health Helpline.

pills, a syringe and white powder representing substance use