New veterinary tranquilizer appears in illicit drug supply

According to a recent analysis article published by CNN Health, one of the latest concerning changes in the illicit drug market across the U.S. and Canada has been the appearance of xylazine, a veterinary tranquilizer also referred to as “tranq” or “tranq dope.” Xylazine is used by veterinarians to sedate large animals, and acts as … Continued

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DOT contemplates oral fluid as drug testing method

On February 28th, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“Proposal”) in the Federal Register with the aim to amend the transportation industry drug testing program procedures regulation and specifically, to include oral fluid testing. This would allow employers the choice to include oral fluid specimens in their drug testing … Continued

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Advocacy group uses dark web to buy safe supply

The number of people dying from illicit drugs across Canada has reached record numbers in many provinces, while the opioid crisis has worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, health experts and advocacy groups have been urging the government for the implementation of safe supply programs in order to reduce the number of overdose-related deaths. In … Continued

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High-profile Saskatoon case will test impairment laws

Earlier in March, a 28-year-old woman was released from Saskatoon police custody after being accused of cannabis-impaired driving and causing the death of 9-year-old Baeleigh Maurice. The victim was riding her scooter at a marked crosswalk in Saskatoon on September 2021 when she was hit by a pickup truck. Subsequently, the suspect was charged with … Continued

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Making health care work for opioid users

In a recent article published by Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Dr. Seonaid Nolan and Dr. Julia Zazoulina discussed ways to provide better care for individuals affected by opioid use disorder. In 2021, British Columbia reported record numbers of drug overdose-related deaths, while addiction and health experts have been advocating … Continued

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Drug-checking improvements wanted: B.C. Centre for Substance Use

According to Jenny Matthews, the manager of a drug-checking program being evaluated by the BC Centre for Substance Use, checking illicit drugs for deadly toxic substances is the most effective option to prevent fatal overdoses in the absence of a safer supply. Moreover, in her interview with CTV News, Mathews also noted that drug-checking services … Continued

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Drug alert issued after ‘extreme’ levels of fentanyl and benzodiazepines found in B.C. drug samples

Earlier in February, B.C.’s Interior Health Authority issued a toxic drug alert for the region due to “extreme” levels of fentanyl and benzodiazepines detected in tested drug samples. According to the health agency, multiple samples were found to contain up to 55% fentanyl, up from the average of 10%. Moreover, levels of the benzodiazepine etizolam … Continued

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