MADD Canada pushes for warning labels on alcohol products

Due to increased alcohol consumption during the current COVID-19 pandemic, the non-profit organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada (MADD) is calling on Canada’s Health Minister, The Honourable Patty Hajdu, to include warning labels on alcohol products. According to the results of a poll commissioned by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), Canadian … Continued

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Recommendations on drug and alcohol testing during COVID-19

In a recent opinion piece published in the Health and Safety Magazine, Christine Clearwater, president of Drug-Free Solutions Group, a risk management and loss control consulting firm, made recommendations to employers regarding drug and alcohol testing during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, many employers are uncertain whether they should maintain or make changes to their … Continued

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The CDC has acknowledged that COVID-19 virus can be airborne

After months of mounting evidence that the coronavirus can be spread by air, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its guidelines to recognize that the coronavirus can be airborne. According to the CDC, the guidelines were updated because of the growing evidence that individuals with COVID-19 can infect people from … Continued

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Mobile drug injection site begins operating in Glasgow

A mobile drug injection van where drug users can safely inject heroin has been launched in Glasgow, despite concerns that it could be breaking the law. The minibus, also termed as the “fix room,” is owned and operated by Peter Krykant, a recovering heroin addict, who has modified the vehicle into a facility for drug … Continued

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Eighteen arrested in largest-ever fentanyl seizure in London

Earlier in September, a series of police raids that took place in London and Brampton resulted in the arrests of 18 suspects who were allegedly operating an illegal fentanyl ring. During this operation, police seized $725,330 worth of fentanyl and methamphetamine, as well as two loaded handguns and $55,000 in cash. According to the London … Continued

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The window of detection when using fingernail clippings for drug testing

By Joseph Jones, Ph.D, NRCC-TC, Vice President Laboratory Operations Fingernail, a keratinized protein like hair, is emerging as a popular specimen type for drug and alcohol testing. Using fingernail samples for toxicological analysis and pharmacokinetic studies has been around for decades. However, many people do not have as much experience interpreting the results as they … Continued

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No more cannabis drug testing for Canadian student athletes

Canadian student-athletes who are connoisseurs of cannabis now have a reason to celebrate. They will no longer be ousted from sports teams for its consumption. Two years after cannabis became legal in Canada — now for both recreational and medical purposes, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport has made a change to how cannabis … Continued

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