Drug checking to save lives in California

In a recent opinion article published by the Los Angeles Times, the author Emily Alpert Reyes examined the increasingly contaminated drug supply and drug checking services in California. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that there were 107,000 overdose-related deaths across the United States in 2021, amid calls by health … Continued

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More Canadian cities using drug-checking services

As the number of overdose-related deaths continues to climb in Alberta, reaching a record high in 2021, a new pilot drug-checking service has been launched in Calgary as a prevention tool. The program, organized by Alberta Alliance Who Educate and Advocate Responsibly (AAWEAR), also aims to prevent deaths linked to contaminated drug supply. AAWEAR has … Continued

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Experts criticize Alberta safe supply committee report

Earlier in May, a group of over 50 clinicians and researchers from across Canada, including one director of harm-reduction research at Yale University, published an open letter criticizing the Alberta government’s commissioned report on safe supply. As part of its evaluation regarding the potential effects of safe supply programs on reducing overdose-related deaths, an Alberta … Continued

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Upcoming SAMHSA meeting to discuss hair testing and workplace cannabis testing

According to a recent Notice of Meeting published on the U.S. Federal Register Website, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s (CSAP) Drug Testing Advisory Board (DTAB) will hold an online meeting on June 21. According to the Notice, the meeting will discuss Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace … Continued

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Drug decriminalization talks intensify in Saskatoon

Members of the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissions held a meeting in April to discuss drug decriminalization for Saskatoon. Attendees of the meeting included members of the Saskatoon police service, city council, and the public, as well as a University of Saskatchewan (USask) public health professor. The meeting involved the presentation of two reports, with … Continued

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