FMCSA agrees to take public comments on hair testing

Earlier in April, the U.S. Trucking Alliance requested an exemption which would permit positive results using hair to test for drugs collected from random testing and pre-employment screening of drivers to be entered into the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. Trucking Alliance has been a long-time proponent of hair testing, … Continued

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Free course for National Drug Overdose Day

National Drug Overdose Day is very important to us here at DATAC as we see every day how the opioid crisis has impacted the country. DATAC deals so closely with so many who work in the rehabilitation and harm reduction spaces and it has been so hard to see the statistics for overdose deaths go … Continued

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U.S. Overdose deaths are on the rise in Black and Indigenous populations

A new analysis published by the Smithsonian Magazine and authored by Margaret Osborne earlier in July discussed the rising numbers of overdose deaths in the U.S., particularly in African-American and indigenous populations. New data released by the CDC demonstrates that during the first year of the pandemic, drug overdose deaths significantly increased among these two … Continued

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Study finds new indicators found for alcohol use disorder

According to new research, drinking alone in youth is a significant predictor of problematic alcohol use later in life. A recent longitudinal study following over 9,000 U.S. high school students for 17 years showed that solitary drinking in adolescence and young adulthood was strongly linked to binge drinking and potentially predicted alcohol use disorder (AUD) … Continued

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Opinion: Canadian decriminalization efforts are not enough to produce results

In a recent opinion article published by Talking Drugs, an online platform provided by the International Drug Policy Consortium, news and analysis on drug policy, the author, André Gomes discussed the limitations of Canada’s recent drug decriminalization efforts. In an attempt to reduce the climbing numbers of overdose-related deaths in British Columbia, the federal government … Continued

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Overdose prevention site needed in Saint John

Avenue B, a harm reduction organization based in Saint John, has been preparing to apply to Health Canada for a licence in order to operate an overdose prevention site in an effort to reduce overdose-related deaths. If the application is approved, it would be the second overdose prevention site in New Brunswick. The first site … Continued

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Mobile overdose prevention RV launched in Winnipeg

A new mobile overdose prevention site is set to circulate on the streets of Winnipeg this summer, after the drop-in centre Sunshine House received a federal grant to fund the program. During the official unveiling of the mobile home purchased to use as the overdose prevention site, executive director of Sunshine House Levi Foy said … Continued

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