Drug decriminalization talks intensify in Saskatoon

Members of the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissions held a meeting in April to discuss drug decriminalization for Saskatoon. Attendees of the meeting included members of the Saskatoon police service, city council, and the public, as well as a University of Saskatchewan (USask) public health professor. The meeting involved the presentation of two reports, with … Continued

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Critics say drug-testing expansion in Metro Vancouver not enough

Despite Vancouver health authorities expanding the use of drug-testing machines in Metro Vancouver, critics have voiced concerns that the scale of services offered is not enough to curb the increase of overdose deaths caused by toxic drug supply. In 2021, Fraser Health purchased three drug-testing machines valued at $50,000 each to detect harmful drug substances … Continued

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Edmonton city council moving forward on decriminalization

On April 11, Edmonton city council was presented with an information report created by the city administration regarding the required steps to apply for an exemption under the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act in order to reduce the incidence of overdose-related deaths. In 2021, 1,771 Alberta residents, including 674 Edmonton residents, died of a … Continued

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How Alberta is tackling its toxic drug crisis

A recent analysis article authored by Lisa Johnson and published in the Edmonton Journal discussed the “recovery-oriented care” model used by the provincial government based on the notion that individuals struggling with addiction should be supported in their recovery. According to the analysis, since Alberta‚Äôs United Conservative Party (UCP) formed government in early 2019, the … Continued

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New veterinary tranquilizer appears in illicit drug supply

According to a recent analysis article published by CNN Health, one of the latest concerning changes in the illicit drug market across the U.S. and Canada has been the appearance of xylazine, a veterinary tranquilizer also referred to as “tranq” or “tranq dope.” Xylazine is used by veterinarians to sedate large animals, and acts as … Continued

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