January DOT update – still a 5-Panel

The DOT testing taking place at HHS-certified laboratories is a 5-panel testing regimen that tests for 14 drugs. It is easy to be somewhat confused by this, so lets take a look at exactly what it means. On January 1st, 2018, the DOT renamed ‘Opiates’ to ‘Opioids’, as now this includes semi-synthetic opioids. For the … Continued

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Dealing with addiction cannabis vs. alcohol and other drugs

According to the Recovery Research Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), individuals who were able to recover from cannabis addictions did so at younger ages and with fewer supports or assistance than those attempting recovery from addictions to alcohol or other drugs. Researchers believe this may reflect the increased potency and availability of cannabis available … Continued

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The dark web drug trade

The dark web is fast becoming a key provider for street drugs like heroin, carfentanil and LSD. Accessed through special browsers and identity-protecting software, customers can browse this online “Amazon of drugs” and order illicit substances for home delivery. The allure of the dark web drug market consists not just of ease and the variety … Continued

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Canadian transport looks at drug testing program options

Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau has announced that the government is now actively working on a policy to address the muddy waters of workplace cannabis impairment, with the creation of a drug testing program, and has sent a letter to the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA), the Railway Association of Canada, and the Canadian Urban Transit … Continued

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Drug testing proposal splits group helping Liberals

The committee comprised of federally regulated employers, labour groups, and federal officials assigned to help the federal government navigate marijuana testing regulations for Canadian workers has not been able to reach consensus, meaning that no new federal rules concerning workplace impairment will be implemented before the upcoming July legalization deadline. This also means that employers’ … Continued

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Safe place created for drug users in Lethbridge

Nurses, drug counsellors, paramedics and police are working together in Lethbridge to manage the current opioid crisis overtaking the city, home to 60% of southern Alberta’s fentanyl-related overdose deaths in 2017. Part of the effort includes a new safe consumption site, the first government-sanctioned safe consumption and inhalation room in Canada, where addicts can use … Continued

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Government struggles with cannabis measurement parameters

Last Spring, the federal government announced two bills that will constitute the country’s legislation for cannabis legalization. Bill C-45 outlines the law for production, possession, safety standards, distribution, and sales, and Bill C-46, outlines impairment driving practices including roadside testing and limits for impairment. Both bills were passed by the House of Commons, but neither … Continued

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U.S. says they will seek death penalty for drug dealers

U.S. President Donald Trump presented his plan to address the opioid addiction crisis in New Hampshire, which included tightening sentencing laws for drug traffickers and pursuing the death penalty for dealers. Speaking with reporters during a meeting in the Oval Office last Thursday, Trump called the opioid crisis a “national health emergency,” and called upon … Continued

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Alcohol still a problem in Ontario

Two years after the government first announced its plans to create a national strategy to battle alcohol dependence and its related illnesses, concerns have arisen that this plan is being brushed aside in the wake of the opioid crisis and the upcoming legalization of cannabis. In the last ten years, Ontario has increased the availability … Continued

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Unclear if province will continue to use Halifax toxicology lab

A Halifax toxicology lab is under scrutiny after a recent Supreme Court decision questioned its results in a child custody case. In her ruling, Justice Theresa Forgeron ruled against the Department of Community Services’ motion to allow expert evidence from the Central Health Authority’s toxicology lab in regards to urine test samples from a Cape … Continued

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