Drug testing machine to be piloted in Vancouver

The Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR) is set to be piloted this year in Vancouver, the city most afflicted by Canada’s opioid crisis. A portable machine that allows for anonymous drug samples to be tested for deadly opioids and stimulants, the FTIR will be available at the supervised injection site Insite on Mondays and Tuesdays from … Continued

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TTC Testing Update: Half of positives are for cannabis

Since beginning its controversial drug and alcohol testing policy in May of this year, 2% of the TTC’s employees have tested positive, and more than half of the twenty two employees who tested positive six months ago for drugs or alcohol have tested positive for marijuana. Of the 1,269 employees, five failed the test due … Continued

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Increase of Fentanyl in Street Drugs Continues

Health Canada’s Drug Analysis Service (DAS) has confirmed that the presence of fentanyl found in heroin seized across the country by the Canada Border Services Agency, Correctional Service of Canada, and police forces has risen nearly 60 per cent since 2012, and 2000 per cent in all street drugs tested in that same time frame. … Continued

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TSB Recommends Drug and Alcohol Testing for Canadian Aviation Employees

Following a fatal airplane crash in April of 2015, the Transportation Safety Board, a separate organization from Transport Canada that investigates incidents in pipelines, railways, marine and aviation, is recommending that drug and alcohol tests as well as substance abuse programs be implemented for Canadian pilots. En route from Vancouver to Prince George, the Carson … Continued

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Workplace Safety After Legalization of Marijuana

Since the federal government set July 1st 2018 as the deadline for provinces and territories to produce regulations for the nationwide legalization of marijuana, business owners across the country are urging governments to provide clarification as to how the use of legalized cannabis will impact the workplace and the rights of both employees and employers. … Continued

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Cannabis Roadside Testing

In the wake of nationwide plans to legalize marijuana by July of 2018, Canadian provinces are now in the planning stages for prevention campaigns, minimum age requirements, and the implementation of roadside testing. “Our priority right now is to ensure that we can legalize cannabis by July 2018,” Ginette Petitpas Taylor said Friday, “There’s no … Continued

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Drug Testing in Canada – Part Two

Drug and Alcohol Testing: Employers’ Responsibilities In addition to following the correct procedures and employee protections when establishing drug testing policies, employers must also accommodate any positive test results by individually assessing each employee that tests positive by providing addictions or disability support as needed, unless doing so causes the employer undue hardship.1 The Canadian … Continued

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Drug Testing In Canada – Part One

What is Drug Testing? Drug testing is a control method used by Canadian employers to prevent jobsite accidents resulting from alcohol or drug impairment, based on the belief that drug and alcohol use, both on and off the job, increases the chances of workplace accidents. Common testing methods include urinalysis, which assesses an employee’s urine … Continued

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New DOT Panel to come into Affect January 2018

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Transportation (DOT) have extended the federal urine drug testing programme panel requirements to include the Schedule II opioid drugs hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone and oxymorphone. This panel is often to referred to as the ‘Extended Opiates’ testing. Inclusion of these four semi-synthetic opioids comes in response … Continued

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Understanding Drug Schedules

What are Drug Schedules? Drug Schedules are a classification tool for drugs, substances, and certain chemicals that are used to make drugs. They are distinct drug categories that are defined by medical use and each specific drug’s potential for abuse and dependency. For example, on a scale of I to III, drugs categorized within Schedule … Continued

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