Benzodiazepines detected in 55 fatal overdoses in B.C. in July

According to recent data released by the B.C. Coroners Service, benzodiazepines have been increasingly detected in B.C.’s illicit drug supply, and have been found in 55 of the 192 fatal overdoses in July. Furthermore, it was found that the detection rate incidence of benzodiazepines has increased from 15% to 52% between January 2020 and January … Continued

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No more than 2 drinks per week say new alcohol guidelines

Newly proposed Canadian guidelines for alcohol consumption recommend a maximum of two drinks per week to reduce the risk of negative health consequences. According to a new report published by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) after two years of research and a review of over 5,000 peer-reviewed studies, alcohol consumption in … Continued

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More data needed on drug-impaired driving: CSAM report

According to the findings of a new report released by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, more data is needed about drug-impaired driving. Specifically, the report states that medical examiners and police do not provide enough information for policy makers, decision makers, and road and public safety practitioners to better understand and address … Continued

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Ohio State University offers program to support drug and alcohol misuse prevention

As part of a new educational requirement, all first-year and transfer undergraduate students at Ohio State University will need to complete a new education program on the prevention of drug, tobacco, and alcohol misuse. Specifically, the new online educational modules will include alcohol and other drug misuse prevention, mental wellness, and prescription drug misuse and … Continued

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Health Canada allows second MDMA trial to continue

After a review of active MDMA-assisted psychotherapy trials, Health Canada has suspended one study due to patient safety concerns, while allowing others to continue with “corrective and preventive” changes. Bethany Lindsay reported the follow-up with CBC, here. According to a statement released by Health Canada in July, it determined that the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic … Continued

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