Cheating a drug test is now a crime in Iowa

Due to new legislature in Iowa, specifically House File 283, cheating on a drug or alcohol test could result in fines and imprisonment. This includes attempts to circumvent the testing process for both private and public sector testing procedures. The new House File 283, passed by the Senate in February, creates new new criminal offences … Continued

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Vancouver heroin found to contain fentanyl

According to Dana Larsen, the owner of “Get Your Drugs Tested” testing centre in Vancouver, nearly half of all heroin that comes into the centre to get tested contains fentanyl. “It’s not even just fentanyl, people bring in samples that they thought they were buying fentanyl but it’s actually benzodiazepine, so the fentanyl supply isn’t … Continued

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Canada’s other health crisis

A recent investigative report by Avery Haines published on the CTV News website has examined the ongoing health crisis associated with toxic drug supply, which has been fuelled by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the report, social distancing measures implemented across Canada to curb the spread of the coronavirus have been responsible for causing negative … Continued

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Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission updates its drug and alcohol testing requirements

According to new regulations outlined by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s (CNSC), high-security nuclear sites across Canada, including nuclear power plants, used fuel management facilities and Chalk River Laboratories, will need to follow updated drug and alcohol testing requirements. The new regulatory document, entitled REGDOC-2.2.4, Fitness for Duty, Volume II: Managing Alcohol and Drug Use, … Continued

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COVID-19 is worsening opioid crisis in Canada

According to a recent report entitled “Opioid and Stimulant related Harms in Canada” released by the Public Health Agency of Canada, the COVID-19 outbreak has been worsening the ongoing public health crisis of opioid overdoses and death. Moreover, the report shows that individuals who use illicit substances, such as opioids, cocaine, and methamphetamine, have a … Continued

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New research shows Canada’s men facing mental health issues

According to a recent opinion article by Dr. Rob Whitley, an associate professor of psychiatry at McGill University and a research scientist at the Douglas Research Centre, a growing body of research suggests many Canadian men and boys struggle with mental health issues, indicating the need for a national response. Recent survey results demonstrate that … Continued

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Nova Scotia launches new drug alert program to reduce incidence of overdose

In response to increasing incidence of opioid use and overdoses in Nova Scotia, its provincial health authority has launched the new Drug Harms Alert program aimed to disseminate information regarding unexpected drug use-related harms across communities in the province. According to the Nova Scotia health authority, the program was “designed to establish a flexible, low-barrier, … Continued

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