B.C. doctors accused of conflict of interest for links to drug-testing industry

Earlier in September, several B.C. physicians specializing in assessing addiction have been accused of “massive conflict of interest” by several organizations which have pointed out the addiction specialists’ potential financial interest in the drug testing industry. The group of physicians in question are responsible for creating return-to-work plans for individuals treated for substance use disorders … Continued

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Returning to work after a positive drug test

A recent article published in Daily Commercial News discussed the steps that need to be taken to bring back an employee to work after they tested positive for drugs and were removed from the jobsite. Specifically, the article discussed the recommendations presented during the Fit for Duty webinar organized by the Infrastructure Health and Safety … Continued

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Pandemic-related spike in drinking and drug use could increase workplace testing

According to recent studies conducted in Canada and the U.S., alcohol and drug consumption has significantly increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. A survey carried out by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), 23.3% of survey respondents reported drinking more alcohol compared to before the pandemic. The data analysis revealed that changes in alcohol use … Continued

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Guelph Police investigate reports of students’ spiked drinks

The Guelph Police Service launched an investigation of at least four reports of female students’ drinks being spiked with an unknown substance after receiving the information from the University of Guelph in September of this year. According to a statement released by the police, two of the complaints were linked to a recent house party … Continued

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Mental health in jeopardy as pandemic continues

According to the results of a recent survey conducted by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, nearly 9 out of 10 family doctors across Canada have stated they are increasingly concerned about patients’ emotional stress related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the results of the survey show that 87% of family physicians are … Continued

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Walpole Island First Nation Targets Drug Smugglers

Earlier in July, Walpole Island First Nation, a community situated south of Sarnia, Ont., declared a state of emergency to help stop a spike in overdoses. Opiates and, specifically fentanyl have been determined as the leading cause of the growing numbers of overdoses and deaths in the community over the last year and a half. … Continued

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Fraser Health region sees increase in overdoses

Over recent months, health officials in the Fraser Health region of B.C. have voiced their concerns regarding an increase in overdoses linked to use of opioids laced with benzodiazepines. In her interview with CBC News, Dr. Ariella Zbar, medical health officer for the Fraser Health Authority, said that due to opioids being increasingly contaminated with … Continued

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