Chronic Pain and Drug Abuse

Chronic pain is a daily battle for tens of thousands of Canadians, pain management can come in many forms including strong opioid pain management regimes. There has been a huge amount of media coverage concerning opioid pain medication and its correlation to drug abuse. Over the past fews years the federal government and various provincial … Continued

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Testing for Marijuana in Canada as Legalization Approaches

The legalization of marijuana in Canada is a hot topic in the news, with debate surrounding issues from how to test for impairment to how sales and distribution for recreational users will work. The Hill Times released an article that extensively covers logistical concerns over what the legalization of marijuana might hold for Canada. The … Continued

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Ontario Human Rights Commission Drug and Alcohol Policy Review

The Ontario Human Rights Commission has released a revised version of their drug and alcohol testing policy, this revision provides employers updated information concerning the legality of implementing or maintaining drug and alcohol testing programs. As the policy mainly focuses on drug and alcohol testing from a human rights context it speaks to the responsibility … Continued

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The State of Opioid Use in Canada

Overdose Increase There has been increasing media coverage on the dangers of fentanyl use Canada wide with various incidents over the past fews months of accidental fentanyl overdoses. In many of the overdose instances fentanyl was found cut into various recreational drugs without the user’s knowledge. According to a report released on October 19th by … Continued

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Being a Collector, What’s it All About?

Types of Collectors To do collections in Canada one should be a Certified Specimen Collector. This means that the collector will be aware and well versed in all aspects of collecting, processing, and interpreting results from urine, oral fluid and hair specimens. Having gained accreditation as a CSC the collector will also follow appropriate protocols … Continued

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Executive Director Speaks at Wellpoint Conference

Work Better Safer 2016 DATAC’s Executive Director, Tim Salter, spoke recently at Wellpoint’s educational conference, Work Better Safer 2016, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The Wellpoint conference hosted many esteemed speakers in the industry including Donna Bowyer from the Canadian Mental Health Association who spoke on the important topic of Destigmatizing Mental Health. Tim Salter first spoke … Continued

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Canada’s Cockpit Laws Questioned

Canada’s pilots adherence to the “8 hours from bottle to throttle” rule has come under some question recently as two Canadian pilots were pulled from duty in Scotland on suspicions of being intoxicated. This situation has brought some attention to the protocols surrounding Canadian pilots and what appropriate steps are being taken within the industry to … Continued

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Canada, isn’t it supposed to be safety first?

Points to Ponder about Random Drug Testing The use of random drug and alcohol testing within the workplace is a very hot topic right now and has caused a fair bit of debate amongst unions, employees and employers. The debate in regards to the efficacy and appropriateness of drug testing in the workplace is not … Continued

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Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) To Implement Random Drug Testing

In a surprising memo sent out early this week, the Toronto Transit Commission’s CEO Andy Byford informed employees that random drug and alcohol testing will begin once more. Although the TTC has been embroiled in a five year-long arbitration with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 with regard to their fitness-for-duty policy, they are moving forward … Continued

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