Canada’s problem with drug diversion

Drug diversion is the term used for the theft of pharmaceuticals by those who have access due to their position, often nurses or doctors, sometimes pharmacists or aids within the hospital system. Sometimes these so called “diversions” will be for personal use (for those who have an addiction) and sometimes they are the first step … Continued

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Calgary police choose zero-use policy for cannabis

The Calgary police have decided that they will be instilling a zero-use policy for cannabis once it is legalized next week. A memo put out in September notified the available-for-duty officers who are qualified to use a handgun that they are banned from any use of the drug, on or off duty. “It’s the path … Continued

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Medical cannabis and the duty to accomodate

The upcoming legalization of cannabis has put recreational use in the public eye, however many employers are still struggling to properly address and manage medical use by their employees. The requirement that employers have a duty to accommodate is what causes many employers to question their rights when dealing with this issue. First let us … Continued

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Police unsure about use of roadside testing equipment

As the legalization of cannabis gets closer and closer the Canadian police forces are planning on what methods they will be using for roadside testing. The DragerTest 5000 was approved for roadside use by the federal Department of Justice in August but it doesn’t look like most police forces are yet onboard with its use. … Continued

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Medicinal cannabis vetoed, opioids accepted

A 26 year TTC employee has had to switch from using a medicinal cannabinoid product to using opioid medication to manage her pain from two herniated discs and fibromyalgia. Ellaine Farrell, who is 59 years old, suffered the two herniated discs from her work as a TTC fare collector approximately 12 years ago. It was … Continued

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Drive high, get charged!

With the legalization of cannabis on October 17th looming it is very important for everyone to understand the new cannabis use rules and regulations that come along with it. In this post we will take an in-depth look at the cannabis driving regulations. These are the rules and parameters put into effect with specifics as … Continued

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Age group triathletes seek drug testing

There are two distinctions as recognized by ITU (International Triathlon Union), those are ‘Elite’ and ‘Age Grouper’. These two terms are synonymous with the labels ‘Professional’ and ‘Amateur’, which are what the layperson would be familiar with and are commonly applied when talking about the sport and its athletes. The difference between the two is … Continued

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Driver impairment assessment unclear for cannabis users

With the legalization of cannabis only a month away, the federal government is inching towards establishing regulations for cannabis and driving under its influence. Despite criticisms that its functional temperature range isn’t appropriate for Canadian winters, Canada has officially approved the Draeger DrugTest 5000 as the device that will be used by law enforcement officers … Continued

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Canadian roadside testing device may have issues

Finally, Canada is in the final stages of approving a roadside testing device that will be used across the country to test for THC, the active component in cannabis, once cannabis is legalized this coming October. In July, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced that Canadian law enforcement will using the Dräger DrugTest 5000 in roadside … Continued

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