Data on brain damage due to opioid use lacking

Canada is currently facing a serious opioid crisis, with over 9,000 opioid-related deaths having occurred between January 2016 and June 2018. However, no comprehensive statistics exist regarding individuals who have survived brain-damaging effects of opioids. Canadian doctors are becoming concerned with the lack of data and statistics regarding individuals who are living with brain damage … Continued

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Deadly synthetic opioid found in Toronto

Ontario police have issued a warning after the discovery of a new synthetic opioid in Toronto. The substance has been linked to overdose deaths around the world, and is now appearing in Canada. The drug’s full name is U-48800, and it has been previously identified in Canada six times by Health Canada. The substance was … Continued

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Fentanyl found in student’s drugs

The Delta School District has sent an urgent warning message to parents after drugs brought to school by a student tested positive for fentanyl. According to the letter sent to students’ parents, the pills were labeled as Xanax, a medication commonly prescribed for anxiety, and were bought illicitly. However, testing revealed that the pills were … Continued

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New alternative to alcohol contains illegal substance

Health Canada is warning consumers against the potential dangers of a new non-alcoholic alternative drink, Pace, manufactured by Diet Alcohol Corporation of the Americas (DACA). Pace is described by its manufacturer, on its website, as a “healthy alcohol alternative.” The company claims that Pace can provide consumers with the same intoxication effects they would get … Continued

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Shoppers Drugmart approved for online medical cannabis sales

Under the current Health Canada regulations for medical cannabis, the only method of legal distribution of cannabis is by mail order from licensed producers directly to patients. Health Canada has updated its list of authorized cannabis sellers and producers, according to which, the pharmacy can sell dried and fresh cannabis, as well as plants, seeds … Continued

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Ontario police to socially shame impaired drivers

Due to increasing numbers of impaired drivers on local roads, two southern Ontario police forces have resorted to public shaming as a strategy to potentially deter future offenses. Two police services operating north of Toronto, York Regional Police and the South Simcoe Police Service, said they have observed a steady augmentation in the numbers of … Continued

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Suncor to implement random testing in 2019

Starting in the first quarter of 2019, workers and contractors of Suncor Energy will be subject to random alcohol and drug tests. Suncor Energy, a Canadian integrated energy company based in Calgary, Alberta, specializes in the production of oil and natural gas in Western Canada, and operates multiple refineries across the country. The jobs subject … Continued

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Zero tolerance possible for Canadian factory workers

Canadian factory workers at risk for termination or employment refusal for recreational marijuana use The recreational use of cannabis became legal on October 17, 2018, under the federal Cannabis Act. As such, Canadians aged 18 years or older can legally possess up to 30 grams of legal cannabis in its dried or “equivalent non-dried form” … Continued

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Opioid crisis worsens in British Columbia

Canada has been undergoing an opioid crisis, and unfortunately it is not improving. According to recent information put out by the Public Health Agency of Canada, from January 2016 to March 2018, an average of nearly ten people die every day due to an illicit drug overdose. Although this crisis affects all of Canada the … Continued

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DATAC offers Free Basic Cannabis course

Here at DATAC we are always trying to create content that will be of help to the public. One of our major goals is to be the answer to the public’s questions in and around the topic of drug and alcohol testing in Canada. This October brought about many huge changes in the industry and … Continued

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