Alcohol, Drugs and Gambling

Health and wellbeing are the shared responsibility of governments, communities, families and individuals. Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living provides funding and provincial policy direction in the area of problematic substance use and gambling.

The effects of drug and alcohol misuse and gambling can have far reaching impacts on individuals, families and communities. Below are some resources to help Manitobans and their loved ones if they are struggling. If you need immediate help, use the emergency contacts below:

If this is an emergency, call 911.Non-emergency and toll free addiction help lines:

For more information on drugs, alcohol and gambling, check out the following resources:

Youth Drug Stabilization Act - Information for Parents

In Manitoba, the Youth Drug Stabilization (Support for Parents) Act came into effect Nov. 1, 2006.Youth Drug Stabilization Act

The Youth Drug Stabilization (Support for Parents) Act provides a way to access involuntary detention and short-term stabilization for young Manitobans under 18 years of age. However, the act is intended as a last resort, when other measures have been unsuccessful and where a youth is causing serious self-harm through severe, persistent substance abuse.

The purpose of the stabilization period is to provide a safe, secure environment to engage the youth and develop a treatment plan that he or she will follow after discharge.

This fact sheet will help you determine if you should apply under the act for an apprehension order. It outlines what you need to do before you take this step and the steps that you need to follow if you feel that involuntary stabilization is the only option.

Inhalant Abuse and the Public Health Act

InhalantThe Manitoba government has introduced provisions in the Public Health Act to address the sale of intoxicating substances. These provisions are intended to deter individuals and retailers from repackaging and/or selling harmful substances to someone they suspect will use these substances as a way to get high. The law allows authorities to seize products from individuals and retailers who are knowingly selling these products as intoxicants.

For More Information

See the Intoxicating Substances provisions (Part 7) of the Public Health Act, at:




Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living
Mental Health and Addictions
300 Carlton Street
Winnipeg MB R3B 3M9
ph: (204) 786-7101