Fentanyl danger on the rise

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a significant increase in rates of opioid-related harms across North America, particularly involving fatal overdoses, which have also disproportionately impacted marginalized and racialized populations. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, fentanyl has become the leading cause of overdose deaths in the U.S., along … Continued

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Police officer’s dismissal for fake certifications could impact drug cases

Earlier in November, a retired Saanich police officer was retroactively dismissed from his department following the conclusion of an investigation by B.C.’s Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner. The results of the investigation demonstrated that the police officer was responsible for re-certifying the department’s “Drug Recognition Experts,” and had knowingly approved several certifications for officers … Continued

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Date rape drugs becoming increasingly accessible

A recent article published by the U.K. news and media website Guardian examined the growing prevalence of sedatives and other drugs used with the intent to incapacitate someone, making them vulnerable to sexual assault. According to some reports, the so-called “date rape drugs” Rohypnol and GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate) can be purchased online through online darknet vendors … Continued

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More American companies dropping cannabis from drug testing

In recent months, numerous U.S. companies have stopped testing for the presence of cannabis due to the reduced labour market and the increasing legalization of cannabis across the country. Specifically, Amazon.com Inc. has changed its drug testing policy, no longer conducting cannabis screenings. “In the past, like many employers, we’ve disqualified people from working at … Continued

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Falsely Accused MDs Cleared of Wrongdoing

On November 2, DATAC published an article on accusations of conflict of interest leveled against Dr. Jennifer Melamed and Dr. Maire Durnin-Goodman relating to their IME practice and concurrent involvement in medical monitoring. DATAC has subsequently learned that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia released a clarifying statement on October 6th, explicitly … Continued

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Drink spiking and how to help

In recent months, Guelph Police have launched an investigation into reports of female students from the University of Guelph who have had their drinks spiked with an unknown substance at multiple events. Furthermore, at the beginning of November, Charlottetown police opened an investigation of two reports of women who consumed spiked drinks while at a … Continued

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Canadian groups lobby for ‘safe supply’ to combat opioid crisis

In recent years, many Canadian groups and organizations have been calling for a safer supply of illicit drugs to prevent opioid-related deaths. In a recent article published by Time magazine, the article’s author Paul Moakley interviewed some members of the ‘safe supply’ movement. According to recent data, deaths linked to opioid overdose increased by nearly … Continued

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