Coronavirus response takes toll on addiction rehabilitation

Health authorities and organizations have recently expressed their growing concerns regarding the effects of social distancing and restrictions on addiction recovery during the coronavirus outbreak across North America. As usual routines become disrupted for individuals battling addiction, the COVID-19 pandemic could pose significant obstacles to recovery and limit their access to essential services and programs. … Continued

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Drug use prevalent, but hard to prove in family law

A recent article published by the Canadian Family Lawyer magazine has highlighted the issues surrounding confirming drug use in family law. In family law cases, recreational cannabis consumption has been treated similarly to social drinking since its legalization in October 2018. However, according to Laurie Pawlitza, partner at Torkin Manes LLP in Toronto, confirming drug … Continued

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The changing face of drinking in Canada

Despite recent data presented by Statistics Canada demonstrating that annual beer consumption has decreased among Canadians, a new industry report has shown that Canadians are not drinking less. In an instalment of “Are We Really…?” published by the Financial Post, Jake Edmiston discusses the recent trends in alcohol consumption among Canadians. The findings from a … Continued

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Two Canadians arrested in separate international drug smuggling cases

 Two Canadians have been charged with international drug trafficking, in Australia and Costa Rica, respectively. In the first case, a 26-year-old dual French-Canadian citizen was arrested in Melbourne, Australia and accused of importing $15 million worth of methamphetamine from Mexico. According to the Australian Federal Police, the accused had imported a total of 154 kilograms … Continued

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Little change expected from Alberta’s alcohol amendment

The Alberta government has recently proposed several amendments to the province’s consumption laws, lifting specific restrictions on alcohol. The rationale behind these changes is that they would make it easier for adults to drink liquor in public parks. However, according to an opinion article written by Carrie Tait for the Globe and Mail, these amendments … Continued

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Yellowknife man convicted in furanyl fentanyl case

Yellowknife resident Darcy Oake, 25, has been found guilty of planning to sell a form of fentanyl he had ordered over the dark web using Bitcoin and encrypted software in 2016. Earlier in August, a judge-only trial took place, where Oake had pleaded guilty to trafficking furanyl fentanyl, a synthetic and deadly derivative of the … Continued

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DOT releases compliance notice about CBD

At the end of February the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Drug & Alcohol Policy & Compliance (ODAPC) released a notice concerning the use of CBD. CBD, or cannabidiol, which is not psychoactive, is one of the many cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant. The DOT’s compliance notice offered information about the use of … Continued

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Dangerous street drugs making appearances throughout Canada

In recent weeks, police and doctors in Halifax, Saint John, Regina and Lethbridge have been reporting the discovery, and warning residents of, new and dangerous street drugs associated with overdoses and deaths.  Isotonitazene Halifax Regional Police announced discovering a new drug while carrying out multiple searches as part of their investigation in February, which resulted … Continued

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DOT drivers with violations still able to fall through the cracks

According to a recent article published in the Commercial Carrier Journal, new data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) shows that thousands of truck drivers could have already failed a drug test while potentially remaining employed and operating commercial vehicles for months. The Clearinghouse, an online database created by the DOT, holds information … Continued

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Canadians can lose Nexus pass for cannabis use

According to a leaked secret instructions document meant to be used solely among supervisors at U.S. border posts, Canadians can have their Nexus passes taken away or not granted if U.S. border guards find out about their cannabis use. According to a recent article published by Global News, a dual U.S.-Canadian citizen living on the … Continued

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