Korean school teachers angered by mandatory drug testing

Following a revision to the Primary and Secondary Education Act which was passed at the Korean National Assembly in December 2020, 20,000 teachers at Korean public schools are expected to undergo the tetrabromophenolphthalein ethyl ester (TBPE) drug test. The TBPE drug test is used to evaluate the past use of stimulant drugs. The amended law … Continued

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Understanding decriminalization and the steps to ending the opioid crisis

Opinion: Decriminalization is a critical step in curbing the opioid crisis A recent opinion article published in The Conversation examines the benefits of drug decriminalization, as well as its potential impact in fighting the ongoing opioid crisis. The article, co-authored by Alissa Greer, Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University and Caitlin … Continued

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Union calls out Marine Atlantic for unfair random testing

In recent months, Unifor members working on Marine Atlantic ferries have spoken out against being unfairly targeted for random alcohol testing. Unifor, a general trade union in Canada and the largest private sector union in Canada has approximately 310,000 workers and associate members in numerous industries. In June of this year, a letter to the … Continued

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Amazon drops cannabis testing for some employees

Amazon.com Inc. has announced that some of its new recruits will no longer be disqualified from gaining employment for testing positive for cannabis in HR drug tests. In addition, the company has announced measures in support of the full legalization of cannabis at Federal level. According to the firm’s blog post, it will treat cannabis … Continued

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FMCSA seeks to improve database in Spring 2021

According to a new proposal, “[streamlining and improving] error-correction procedures, queries, and consent requirements” within the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug and Alcohol (FMCSA) Clearinghouse is on the spring 2021 agenda for the Department of Transportation. The new agenda was issued by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs earlier in June, and outlines … Continued

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Are you ready with your new DOT CCFs?

Recently, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued guidance on the revised 2020 Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (CCF). The revised Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (CCF) was approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on August 17, 2020. The form is expected to start being shipped out … Continued

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Health Canada to modernize clinical trial regulations

Earlier in June, Health Canada announced that it plans to modernize its clinical trial regulation framework to support the implementation of promising novel therapies and match the accelerating advances in technology. These changes have been announced as part of the Government of Canada’s Regulatory Innovation Agenda for health products. According to Health Canada, modernizing clinical … Continued

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Union advises GM stop drug testing to increase its workforce

Recently, the United Auto Workers (UAW) labour union has suggested for General Motors (GM) to stop drug testing its potential employees. These recommendations were voiced after it became clear that GM is having difficulty in increasing its workforce, and after the state of Michigan legalized recreational cannabis use. Since 2010, GM has reduced the size … Continued

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