DATAC offers Free Basic Cannabis course

Here at DATAC we are always trying to create content that will be of help to the public. One of our major goals is to be the answer to the public’s questions in and around the topic of drug and alcohol testing in Canada. This October brought about many huge changes in the industry and … Continued

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Safer opioid system wins award in Marathon, ON

A small town clinic in Marathon, ON, has taken big steps towards improving the procedure for opioid prescriptions with the implementation of the HARMS system. This small town clinic implemented the HARMS system (High-yield Approach to Risk Mitigation and Safety), led by Dr. Ryan Patchett-Marble which has required those with chronic pain who are using … Continued

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Drug treatment court to open in Newfoundland

Newfoundland’s minister of Justice and Public Safety, and Attorney General the Honourable Andrew Parsons, announced yesterday the establishment of the Drug Treatment Court in St. John’s. This court will begin taking cases on November 30th. This new Drug Treatment Court has been created with the goal of offering an alternative approach to those who have … Continued

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Cannabis users and growers still turning to black market

As the legalization of cannabis settles in, coming up on the one month mark, there are many challenges which have arisen in the legal sales arena. There have been issues across the country with the legal dispensaries, either online (ON) or store fronts (NB, QC) running out of product and experiencing website glitches. These bumps … Continued

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Shoppers advising doctors about medicinal cannabis use

Shoppers Drug Mart has begun a series of events which are being marketed to doctors as educational events which will give them the ability to “capably and confidently authorize medical cannabis for your patients”. So said the notice which was sent out to doctors across the country to try and get them to sign up … Continued

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Western crime ring busted

The Canadian police forces in western Canada, with the help of the RCMP, have concluded a 10-month investigation ending with a major bust. Winnipeg police have seized nearly $3 million worth of illicit drugs and arrested ten people who face multiple drug trafficking and possession charges. The investigation was started by the Winnipeg Police Service’s … Continued

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Drug-impairment testing still needs work

Cannabis has now been legal in Canada for nearly three weeks but that doesn’t mean that the efficacy of roadside impairment testing is where it needs to be. Chief. Supt Dennis Daley of the RCMP told The Fifth Estate that the testing that currently exists for impairment is “not there yet”. “It’s important for Canadians … Continued

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Crystal meth use on the rise in the Prairies

There is growing concern in the prairies regarding the rise in the use of crystal meth due to fear over fentanyl deaths and it being a cheaper choice for users. Although opioid use continues to be a public-health crisis police in the prairies are saying that crystal meth use is overtaking it as the drug … Continued

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Overdose-prevention system gets overhaul in Ontario

The Ontario government has decided that they will continue with the system for overdose prevention set up in the province. Premier Doug Ford was vocal about his opposition to the safe-injection and overdose-prevention sites during the spring election, but after being presented with data from Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott, he agreed that the services … Continued

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