Ohio introduces new bill to legalize fentanyl testing strips

On May 19, Ohio State Representative Kristin Boggs testified before the House Criminal Justice Committee in support of House Bill 456, which would remove fentanyl testing strips from the list of prohibited drug paraphernalia. Previously, state Senator Nathan Manning introduced Senate Bill 296 in February 2022, aiming to decriminalize “narcotic testing products” and expand access … Continued

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High school students learn how to administer naloxone

Earlier in June, the Advanced Coronary Treatment Foundation announced that its new training program on opioid overdose response will be added to the CPR and automated external defibrillator training offered for free in high schools across Canada. As a result, hundreds of thousands of high school students in Canada will receive training on how to … Continued

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Opinion: Kelowna in need of politicians to tackle drug crisis

A recent opinion article published in Lake Country Calendar and authored by Jacqueline Gelineau discussed the urgent need to take more measures in order to manage the growing opioid crisis in Kelowna. According to some local experts and policymakers, the local politicians are not doing enough to reduce harm. “We need great politicians who are … Continued

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One-third of recent cannabis users have driven while high

According to the recently published results of a survey conducted in January 2022 by EKOS for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada, 33% of Canadians who report having used cannabis within the previous year have also reported having engaged in cannabis-impaired driving. Moreover, among Canadians who have reported using cannabis at some point in their … Continued

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Shambhala festival leads Canada with drug checking

A recent article published by Kamloops News and Business Directory discussed the drug testing services available at the West Kootenay music festival Shambhala, which have been at the forefront of implementing key harm reduction strategies for festival-goers. Since 2004, Shambhala organizers have worked with AIDS Network Kootenay Outreach and Support Society (ANKORS), a B.C.-based non-profit … Continued

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