Portable fingerprint drug testing now in Spain

The world’s first portable fingerprint-based drug screening system has been launched by UK-based company Intelligent Fingerprinting and is now available in Spain. The new testing system is hygienic and easy-to-use, and collects fingerprint samples in just five seconds. It works by analyzing sweat from a fingerprint to determine if someone has recently used cocaine, opiates, … Continued

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Estevan rolls out use of roadside drug testing device

Estevan Police Service has received special training in Ottawa in order to test drivers for impaired driving to detect substances such as cannabis and cocaine. The new device, the Drager 5000, enables police officers to test the saliva of individuals suspected of consuming these substances. According to Estevan police, they are planning to use the … Continued

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New colour changing drug identification kits used in Australia

Australian authorities are recommending drug users to invest in a legal, do-it-yourself, colour change drug test, known as a pill testing kit, to analyze the contents of their drugs before consumption. The recommendation comes after the occurrence of multiple drug overdoses and several deaths during Australian summer festivals. Several Australian universities and advocacy groups have … Continued

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Retrial ordered for Canadian drug smuggler in China

A court in China has ordered a retrial for Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, a Canadian previously found guilty of drug smuggling and sentenced to 15 years in prison, ordered to pay $22,000 (or 150,000 yuan) and to be deported. Schellenberg has since then appealed the verdict. After the prosecution had stated they found new evidence demonstrating … Continued

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Second Canadian suspected of working with drug lord El Chapo

A man known as “Cat” or “Catboy” is the second Canadian suspected of working with the well-known Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who is currently on trial in Brooklyn. Stephen Tello, 39, is currently serving an 8-month sentence in Canada. Tello is a former real estate agent who resided in Montreal, Toronto and … Continued

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Canadian to receive death penalty in China for drug smuggling

A court in Dalian in northeastern Liaoning province of China has announced that Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, was sentenced to death after reconsidering his case. Robert Schellenberg, of Abbotsford, B.C., was detained in 2014 and initially sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2016 on charges of being an accessory to drug smuggling. His case was … Continued

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Alcohol content to be restricted in single-serving sugary drinks

Health Canada is taking steps to restrict the amount of alcohol allowed in sugary, high-alcohol premixed drinks. According to the federal agency, single-serve products create a public health risk, which is increased for youth. The proposed regulations would limit the amount of alcohol contained in single-use beverages to 1.5 servings per can (4.5% alcohol by … Continued

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Federal government proposes regulations for cannabis products

On December 21, 2018, the Canadian federal government opened a 60-day consultation period respecting the strict regulation of additional cannabis products (which include edibles, extracts and topical products). According to the background information provided by Health Canada, the draft regulations are “designed to better protect the health and safety of Canadians through strict regulatory controls … Continued

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Newfoundland and Labrador struggle with increase of cocaine related deaths

There is a growing opioid crisis in Canada, with drugs such as oxycodone, morphine, fentanyl and methadone accounting for most overdose-related deaths. However, in the first half of 2018 in the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, there was a significant increase in cocaine-related deaths, while opioid deaths declined. Royal Newfoundland Constabulary drug investigator Charles Shallow … Continued

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Maritime holiday driver checks result in arrests

RCMP officers in the Maritimes conducted more than 200 checkpoints over the holiday season, which resulted in nearly 50 driver arrests due to charges with impaired driving. “Impaired driving is a serious threat to road safety and Nova Scotia RCMP is committed to removing impaired drivers from roadways,” CSt. Chad Morrison of Nova Scotia RCMP … Continued

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