Public drinking coming to Canada

In recent months, many Canadian cities have proposed changing laws around public alcohol consumption. Due to the significant impact of COVID-19 and implementation of social distancing measures on the hospitality industry, government officials have been pushing to relax patio regulations and alcohol laws to help restaurants and bars stay in business.  Across many Canadian cities … Continued

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Death penalty for drug smuggling in China

An Australian national, Karm Gilespie, was sentenced to death by a Chinese court in June of this year, after being found guilty of drug trafficking according to the court website. Gillespie was initially arrested at the Guangzhou airport in 2013, carrying over 7.5kg of methamphetamine in his checked luggage. Similarly, in 2019, Canadian citizen Robert … Continued

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FMCSA may not enforce random testing rates for 2020

Earlier in July, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released a notice regarding its plans for random drug and alcohol testing in 2020. According to FMCSA, it recognizes that covered motor carriers may not be able to comply with specific testing requirements due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “FMCSA may … Continued

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Ontario brings COVID-19 testing to the truckers

The Ontario government has created a new system that will make it easier for truck drivers to gain access to COVID-19 testing through a partnership with DriverCheck. The new program is part of the government’s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the province. “Expanding access to testing will help keep our truck drivers … Continued

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Purple heroin warning issued in Eastern Ontario

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) has issued warnings of increased incidence of drug-related overdoses in and around the city of Cornwall. Further, many of the overdoses seem to be linked to the drug referred to as “purple heroin,” “purple,” or “purp.” Purple heroin typically consists of a mix of drugs including heroin, methamphetamine and … Continued

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Research shows psychedelics can be used in treatment of mental illness

According to evidence from medical and scientific studies, psychedelic drugs can serve as a promising therapy for treatment of several psychiatric illnesses, including depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A recent literature review published by the American Journal of Psychiatry evaluated the results of 14 clinical trials that assessed the effectiveness of several hallucinogenic … Continued

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Outdated and incomplete impaired driving stats hinder legislative change

According to a recent opinion article published by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada, the outdated Canadian data on impairment-related crashes, deaths and injuries prevents proper evaluation of legislation and policies aimed to decrease deaths and injuries caused by impaired driving. “The most recent Canadian statistics on impairment-related crash deaths and injuries are from 2015. … Continued

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Fatal overdoses at all time high in British Columbia

According to a new report released by the B.C. Coroners Service, May 2020 was the province’s deadliest month ever for illicit drug overdoses. A total of 170 people died from overdoses in May, as the toxic supply of street drugs continues. B.C. has reported a total of 554 fatalities from illicit drug use in 2020 … Continued

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Pandemic causes disruptions to illegal drug trade

According to the findings of a recent report published by the United Nations (U.N.), the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted the illegal drug trade, affecting nearly every country and various kinds of drugs. The report was created using data from governments and open sources, including the media. “Mobility restrictions, closed borders and a decline in … Continued

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Opioid crisis may be on its way to Asia

Early in May, Myanmar police announced a record drug bust, seizing the largest-ever haul of liquid fentanyl. As part of the raid, a total of 33 individuals were arrested, including Burmese nationals. This was the first official record of seizure of fentanyl in the Golden Triangle. “The drug trade in Shan State operates more freely … Continued

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