Regina finds alcohol, fentanyl and methamphetamine on the roads

Despite the legalization of cannabis, the leading causes of impaired driving in Regina are currently alcohol, fentanyl, and methamphetamine, said Const. Jon Turner a drug recognition expert instructor and a standard field sobriety instructor with the Regina Police Service in his recent interview with Regina Leader-Post. “I know there was a lot of fear that … Continued

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Quebec harm reduction programs await promised funding

Quebec organizations working to reduce drug-related harms are still awaiting funding promised by the province as they are struggling to maintain services. Specifically, the Groupe de recherche et d’intervention psychosociale (GRIP) in Montreal has been waiting on $278,000 from Quebec since April 2021. “That money is salaries, it’s services to the population,” said Magali Boudon, … Continued

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New “smart” coasters can detect date-rape drugs in drinks

New coasters produced by Laval-based Alco Prevention Canada, a business that specializes in drug testing products, which had partnered with a Florida-based company, can detect the presence of date-rape drugs in drinks. These coasters were designed to test for traces of ketamine on one side, and for gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), which are two of the most … Continued

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Opinion: Why Canada needs a federal alcohol act

In a recent article published in Policy Options – Institute for Research on Public Policy, the authors Laura Kennedy and Noel Guscott discussed the need for Canada to establish a federal alcohol act. The authors of the article propose that since alcohol misuse accounts for a large percentage of all Canadian health care costs, this … Continued

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Take-home drug checking strips now available in Saskatchewan

In December of 2021, fentanyl testing strips that had previously only been obtainable in Regina and Saskatoon have become widely available throughout Saskatchewan. According to Jason Mercredi, the executive director of Prairie Harm Reduction in Saskatoon, the increased availability in Saskatchewan of take-home drug checking strips is a step in the right direction and will … Continued

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No need to drink alcohol to celebrate this holiday season!

Alcohol consumption has increased in Canada since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, with isolation and stress resulting in a spike in drinking alcoholic beverages. In fact, a survey conducted by Statistics Canada in January 2021 showed that nearly one-quarter of Canadians who drank alcohol before the pandemic were drinking significantly more alcohol. However, many … Continued

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FMCSA gives exemptions to Canadian carriers aiding B.C. relief after flooding

The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has offered exemptions from certain regulations to Canadian carriers providing direct relief to the British Columbia flooding emergency while they transit through the U.S. The recent flooding has resulted in road closures in the province, and together with recent changes to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection … Continued

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USDTL ChildGuard

Child abuse and neglect are major public health concerns around the world today. When a child is exposed to illegal substance abuse, they often face other coexisting obstacles to normal life – neglect, abuse, violence, and other vulnerabilities. Frequently, child neglect is not a one-time episode but rather a pattern of circumstances where their caregivers … Continued

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