P.E.I. Special unit arrests dozens in 2022

According to a news release published by the RCMP on Prince Edward Island, a specialized unit made 52 impaired driving arrests in 2022. In addition, 43 of the drivers arrested were impaired by drugs, while eight drivers were impaired by alcohol, and one was charged with failure to provide a sample. “I think it speaks … Continued

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Yukon leads the country with highest per-capita overdose death rate

In an update published on December 15, Yukon’s Chief Coroner Dr. Heather Jones stated that a total of 25 people died from toxic drug use in the territory during 2022. These numbers correspond to the record-high 2021 overdose-related death statistics for the territory. “Toxic illicit drugs involving cocaine, opioids and benzodiazepines continue to take lives … Continued

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Largest ever opium seizure worth $50M made in Vancouver

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officials recently reported seizing nearly 2,500 kg of opium in the largest opium seizure to date for the agency. The details of the seizure and investigation were released in a press conference at the Tsawwassen Container Examination Facility  in December of 2022. “Our border services officers, intelligence officers and analysts … Continued

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2023 DOT Updates

Pre-employment Investigations It has now been three years since the FMCSA Clearinghouse came into being, with all FMCSA DOT violations to the drug and alcohol regulations being posted within it. This means that for employers following 49 CFR 391.23(e) they are now able to find all of the FMCSA violation information, for the past three … Continued

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First supervised drug inhalation service opens in Toronto

In November of last year, Toronto’s Casey House hospital added drug inhalation to the list of services it offers through its supervised consumption service. As a result, clients can now smoke substances on-site as part of its hospital-based supervised consumption services (SCS), which also makes Casey House the first site in Ontario to offer indoor … Continued

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2022 Cannabis Survey Summary

Earlier in December, Health Canada published the results of the 2022 Canadian Cannabis Survey, which has been conducted on a yearly basis since 2017. The data for the most recent 2022 survey were collected from April to June 2022. According to the official government of Canada website, Health Canada created the Canadian Cannabis Survey (CCS) … Continued

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B.C. police seize drugs and lay charges

Following a four-year investigation by B.C.’s anti-gang unit, a total of 41 charges against four alleged drug traffickers were laid earlier in December. According to the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C., the investigation was carried out in collaboration with RCMP’s federal Serious Organized Crime Unit on the file that targeted the Hells Angels … Continued

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Alberta expands drug treatment courts

Earlier in December, it was announced that a new court recovery program will open in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Specifically, the program is aimed to provide recovery support to individuals struggling with addiction who are charged with non-violent offences instead of sending them to prison. Moreover, the program is part of a province-wide effort to expand … Continued

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Major illegal cannabis drug bust north of Montreal

Laval police seized $8 million worth of contraband cannabis and drug production equipment, earlier in December, in a drug bust on two plantation sites located north of Montreal. The crackdown led to the arrest of three men on Leman Boulevard in the Duvernay district, who were released on the condition that they appear in court … Continued

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Toronto police have biggest drug seizure month ever

Earlier in November, Toronto police announced that they had seized hundreds of kilos of crystal meth and cocaine. The total haul the police ended up with was 671 kilograms of illicit drugs comprised of 520 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and 151 kilograms of cocaine, valued at $58 million. Moreover, the seized drugs were on display … Continued

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