BC projects decrease in drug impaired driving

According to a recent opinion piece published in Business in Vancouver (BIV) and authored by Mike Farnworth, the implementation of new and stricter penalties for driving under the influence of drugs in British Comumbia are predicted to reduce the number of driving accidents in the province. Farnworth is B.C.’s minister of public safety and solicitor … Continued

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FMCSA increases random testing rate for 2020

According to a release on Dec. 27th, from the Federal Register, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has increased the minimum annual percentage rate for random testing for truck drivers. In 2019 the annual rate for random testing was 25%, but as of Jan. 1st, 2020, the new annual random testing rate has been increased … Continued

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CBD products could lead to positive drug tests

According to the results of a new study published in the Journal of Analytical Toxicology, by researchers at the John Hopkins School of Medicine, one-third of individuals who vaped cannabidiol (CBD)-dominant cannabis tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) using a urine-based drug test. In this study, participants vaped CBD samples, some of which contained trace amounts … Continued

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Ohio school announces mandatory drug testing for students

A Catholic high school in Ohio has announced that in January, it will begin randomly testing its students for drugs and nicotine at least once a year. The new drug testing program is implemented by administrators at Stephen T. Badin High School in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in Hamilton, Ohio in an effort to discourage … Continued

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Are you ready for the FMCSA Clearinghouse?

The US Department of Transportation has its latest change coming into effect today, January 6th, 2020. As of today it will be required to report all violations to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s drug and alcohol testing program through their online database, called the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.  The Clearinghouse is a database … Continued

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Michigan school district approves random drug testing

Earlier in December, the Plainwell Board of Education in Michigan had approved a new drug and nicotine testing policy for high school students who wish to join extracurricular activities, such as athletic or music programs, National Honor Society, and clubs. Members of the board had voted 5-2 to approve the random drug testing policy, which, … Continued

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TransLink ordered to stop random testing of employee

TransLink has been ordered to stop random drug testing David Solomon, a SkyTrain attendant who tested positive for cannabis use during a routine medical examination, after he and his union filed a grievance in November 2018. The case arbitrator, Arne Peltz, granted the union’s interim application, ordering TranksLink to stop carrying out random drug testing … Continued

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BC’s alcohol consumption down

Results of a new study carried out by the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) at the University of Victoria show that alcohol consumption in B.C. has decreased. Although alcohol consumption in the province had been increasing since 2013, the latest data released by the institute show a decrease in per-capita consumption of alcohol, … Continued

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Are Canada’s alcohol regulations enough?

A recent article published in The Conversation, a non-profit media outlet that publishes news stories written by academics and researchers, calls for the need to establish a federal Alcohol Act to address the damage caused by excessive alcohol consumption. The author of the article, Tim Stockwell, the director of the Canadian Institute for Substance Use … Continued

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Seniors fastest growing group of cannabis users

According to the recently published third quarter of the National Cannabis Survey released by Statistics Canada, Seniors aged 65 years and older are the age group showing the most growth in cannabis usage. The results reported in the survey show that during the second and third quarters of 2019, there were approximately 578,000 new cannabis … Continued

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