Guelph Police investigate reports of students’ spiked drinks

The Guelph Police Service launched an investigation of at least four reports of female students’ drinks being spiked with an unknown substance after receiving the information from the University of Guelph in September of this year. According to a statement released by the police, two of the complaints were linked to a recent house party … Continued

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Mental health in jeopardy as pandemic continues

According to the results of a recent survey conducted by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, nearly 9 out of 10 family doctors across Canada have stated they are increasingly concerned about patients’ emotional stress related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the results of the survey show that 87% of family physicians are … Continued

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Walpole Island First Nation Targets Drug Smugglers

Earlier in July, Walpole Island First Nation, a community situated south of Sarnia, Ont., declared a state of emergency to help stop a spike in overdoses. Opiates and, specifically fentanyl have been determined as the leading cause of the growing numbers of overdoses and deaths in the community over the last year and a half. … Continued

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Fraser Health region sees increase in overdoses

Over recent months, health officials in the Fraser Health region of B.C. have voiced their concerns regarding an increase in overdoses linked to use of opioids laced with benzodiazepines. In her interview with CBC News, Dr. Ariella Zbar, medical health officer for the Fraser Health Authority, said that due to opioids being increasingly contaminated with … Continued

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More states legalizing cannabis

In recent years, recreational cannabis legalization in the U.S. has been slowly gaining momentum state by state. The shifting legal landscape in the U.S. currently overlaps with a significant increase in public support for legalization, which is now favoured by the majority of Americans. Notably, every ballot initiative involving the decriminalization or legalization was passed … Continued

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New Jersey employers seek workplace testing guidance as cannabis becomes legalized

Earlier this year, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed A21, the “New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act” (CREAMMA), enabling legislation for the amendment to the New Jersey Constitution and, thereby, legalizing the recreational use of cannabis in the state. Although the new legislation allows employers to conduct various forms of drug … Continued

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Experts advise good-faith efforts matter in return-to-work plans after drug and alcohol rehabilitation

A recent webinar presented by the labour, employment and human rights law publisher Lancaster House examined substance use in the workplace, as well as the outcomes of arbitration cases. According to the webinar speakers, “good-faith efforts” are essential in creating return-to-work plans for employees after treatment of drug and/or alcohol disorders. According to Aminah Hanif, … Continued

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Opioid-related calls at all time high in Edmonton

An Edmonton harm reduction group is hoping to fill a service gap on city streets as ambulance crews respond to opioid-related calls in unparalleled numbers. In recent months, emergency medical services in Edmonton have witnessed an unprecedented growth in opioid-related emergency calls. Specifically, between July 26 and Aug. 1, Edmonton EMS responded to 162 opioid-related … Continued

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