Study looks at impact of cannabis use on road accidents

Since the legalization of recreational cannabis in October of 2018, a number of regulatory and public health measures have been implemented to prevent cannabis-impaired driving. Despite ongoing studies and data collection and analysis by Statistics Canada, the association between the use of legal recreational cannabis and incidence of impaired driving is still unclear. A recent … Continued

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New alcohol drinking guidelines to be released by 2022

Earlier in March, the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) launched a six-week public consultation as part of its plan to update its existing guidelines for the safe consumption of alcohol. The original guidelines, titled ‘Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines’ were first released by CCSA in 2011 in order to help Canadians make … Continued

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Alberta to test new overdose prevention mobile app

The Government of Alberta plans to test a new mobile app with the aim of protecting individuals who use opioids and other substances alone in their homes. The app, called the Digital Overdose Response System (DORS) can trigger a call from the STARS emergency centre if the user becomes unresponsive to a timer. As a … Continued

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Free street drug testing site opens in Victoria

A new street drug testing site has opened in Victoria’s North Park neighbourhood to provide anonymous drug testing services for free. The testing site is located at a storefront on the corner of North Park and Cook St and uses strip tests as well as instruments to evaluate the presence of fentanyl and benzodiazepines in … Continued

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UBC drug testing program is going on the road in Okanagan

Together with Interior Health, UBC Okanagan’s harm reduction team has been expanding access to its drug checking services and taking its drug-testing services on the road. The BC coroner’s office recorded a total of 1,716 overdose-related deaths in the province in 2020, corresponding to a 74% increase compared to 984 deaths recorded in 2019. In … Continued

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Australia gathers data about testing drugs at music festivals

According to a new research study carried out by researchers at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Australia, pill-testing services at Western Australian (WA) music festivals do not increase the likelihood of festival-goers taking drugs. The results of the study, published in Drug and Alcohol Review, demonstrate that the availability of pill testing services would not … Continued

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Psilocybin: What you need to know

Recently, psilocybin – the hallucinogenic chemical compound produced by certain types of mushrooms – has received a lot of attention from the media due to scientific studies uncovering its potential beneficial and therapeutic properties. However, despite the increased publicity around psilocybin, there are many common misconceptions that exist around its use, properties and origins. In … Continued

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Experts warn alcohol harm is increasing in Saskatchewan

According to new data released by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA), its wholesale operations across the province have increased by 7.9% in 2020 compared to 2019. Moreover, a research study commissioned by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSUA) has demonstrated that since the COVID-19 pandemic began, 25% of Canadians between … Continued

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