Second Canadian suspected of working with drug lord El Chapo

A man known as “Cat” or “Catboy” is the second Canadian suspected of working with the well-known Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who is currently on trial in Brooklyn. Stephen Tello, 39, is currently serving an 8-month sentence in Canada. Tello is a former real estate agent who resided in Montreal, Toronto and … Continued

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Canadian to receive death penalty in China for drug smuggling

A court in Dalian in northeastern Liaoning province of China has announced that Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, was sentenced to death after reconsidering his case. Robert Schellenberg, of Abbotsford, B.C., was detained in 2014 and initially sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2016 on charges of being an accessory to drug smuggling. His case was … Continued

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Alcohol content to be restricted in single-serving sugary drinks

Health Canada is taking steps to restrict the amount of alcohol allowed in sugary, high-alcohol premixed drinks. According to the federal agency, single-serve products create a public health risk, which is increased for youth. The proposed regulations would limit the amount of alcohol contained in single-use beverages to 1.5 servings per can (4.5% alcohol by … Continued

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Federal government proposes regulations for cannabis products

On December 21, 2018, the Canadian federal government opened a 60-day consultation period respecting the strict regulation of additional cannabis products (which include edibles, extracts and topical products). According to the background information provided by Health Canada, the draft regulations are “designed to better protect the health and safety of Canadians through strict regulatory controls … Continued

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Newfoundland and Labrador struggle with increase of cocaine related deaths

There is a growing opioid crisis in Canada, with drugs such as oxycodone, morphine, fentanyl and methadone accounting for most overdose-related deaths. However, in the first half of 2018 in the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, there was a significant increase in cocaine-related deaths, while opioid deaths declined. Royal Newfoundland Constabulary drug investigator Charles Shallow … Continued

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Maritime holiday driver checks result in arrests

RCMP officers in the Maritimes conducted more than 200 checkpoints over the holiday season, which resulted in nearly 50 driver arrests due to charges with impaired driving. “Impaired driving is a serious threat to road safety and Nova Scotia RCMP is committed to removing impaired drivers from roadways,” CSt. Chad Morrison of Nova Scotia RCMP … Continued

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Data on brain damage due to opioid use lacking

Canada is currently facing a serious opioid crisis, with over 9,000 opioid-related deaths having occurred between January 2016 and June 2018. However, no comprehensive statistics exist regarding individuals who have survived brain-damaging effects of opioids. Canadian doctors are becoming concerned with the lack of data and statistics regarding individuals who are living with brain damage … Continued

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Deadly synthetic opioid found in Toronto

Ontario police have issued a warning after the discovery of a new synthetic opioid in Toronto. The substance has been linked to overdose deaths around the world, and is now appearing in Canada. The drug’s full name is U-48800, and it has been previously identified in Canada six times by Health Canada. The substance was … Continued

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Fentanyl found in student’s drugs

The Delta School District has sent an urgent warning message to parents after drugs brought to school by a student tested positive for fentanyl. According to the letter sent to students’ parents, the pills were labeled as Xanax, a medication commonly prescribed for anxiety, and were bought illicitly. However, testing revealed that the pills were … Continued

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New alternative to alcohol contains illegal substance

Health Canada is warning consumers against the potential dangers of a new non-alcoholic alternative drink, Pace, manufactured by Diet Alcohol Corporation of the Americas (DACA). Pace is described by its manufacturer, on its website, as a “healthy alcohol alternative.” The company claims that Pace can provide consumers with the same intoxication effects they would get … Continued

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