Arbitrators decide what makes post-incident testing legal

In a series of recent arbitration decisions regarding legal testing for post-incident alcohol and drug testing, Arbitrators Andrew Sims and David McPhillips have reviewed and provided clarification for the legal test for post-incident alcohol and drug testing. The series of these arbitration decisions include Vancouver Shipyards Co. v. Construction Maintenance and Allied Workers, Local 506 … Continued

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Arbitrator upholds mandatory employee COVID testing

In a recent unreported labour arbitration award, Caressant Care Nursing & Retirement Homes and Christian Labour Association of Canada, the arbitrator, Dana Randall, upheld the decision that the employer’s mandatory COVID-19 testing policy was a reasonable exercise of management rights. The case concerns an employer, a retirement home located in Woodstock, Ontario, which provides rental … Continued

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Study shows methamphetamine positives up 340%

A new study carried out by Millennium Health, an accredited specialty laboratory specializing in medication monitoring and drug testing services, has revealed that there is a significant increase in urine drug test positivity for methamphetamine, which was found alone or in combination with other substances. The research study was published in the Journal of Addiction … Continued

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New clinical trial to explore DMT as treatment for substance use disorders

The Canadian R&D company Entheon Biomedical has set out to investigate the therapeutic use of the psychedelic dimethyltryptamine (DMT) in treating addiction disorders. Specifically, the company has commissioned a clinical trial investigating the safety and efficacy of using intravenous DMT. DMT is a hallucinogenic compound and is one of the main active ingredients in ayahuasca, … Continued

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Nova Scotia keeps report on impact of illicit drugs confidential

A recent report created by Nova Scotia’s provincial health department to evaluate which illicit drugs are impacting communities across the province has been kept confidential by the government and has not been made available to the general public. The report, compiled earlier in November’s and titled “Nova Scotia Drug Report – Drugs & Substances” includes … Continued

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More Canadian cities push for decriminalization of illicit drugs

Following Vancouver City Council’s unanimous vote for drug decriminalization earlier in December, Yellowknife North MLA Rylund Johnson and Kamloops city council have also been pushing for decriminalization of illicit drugs. In response to a news article on Twitter, Johnson said that NWT was “fighting a crack epidemic and losing terribly,” calling for decriminalization. “Drug supply … Continued

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CBD alone does not impair driving, latest research shows

According to the results of a new research study, CBD low-dose does not impair driving, while consuming moderate amounts of THC results in mild to strong, short-lived impairment, lasting up to four hours. The results of the study, led by researchers the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics at the University of Sydney in Australia and … Continued

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Canadian trials started for Psilocybin-Assisted Psychotherapy for Substance Use Disorders

Earlier in November, Numinus Wellness Inc., announced that it is planning a compassionate access clinical trial of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy for substance use disorders. Numinus, originally created as a cannabis technology company, has also focused on the research, development, and delivery of safe, evidence-based, accessible psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies. Psilocybin is a naturally occurring psychedelic prodrug compound found … Continued

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Ongoing COVID-19 pandemic aggravates opioid crisis across Canada

Over the past year, the COVID-19 health crisis has obscured Canada’s other growing pandemic of opioid overdoses and overdose-related deaths. In 2019, following efforts focused on creating overdose prevention sites, methadone clinics and support services for individuals struggling with addiction, the number of deaths from opioid-related overdoses decreased by 13%. However, it has surged sharply … Continued

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