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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Safe drug supply not enough for addicts

Despite the new provincial guidelines issued in March that allowed physicians more freedom to prescribe opiates and other substances to individuals struggling with addiction, drug testers in B.C. have been reporting higher concentrations of fentanyl and tranquilizes in the province’s illicit drug supply. In order to qualify for the opioid-containing medication, which is covered by … Continued

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U.S. health experts advise men limit drinking

According to a federal committee’s recommendations for new U.S. dietary guidelines, men should cap their alcohol consumption at one drink per day. This represents a reduction from the current recommended limit of two drinks per day, matching it to the number of drinks recommended for women. In July, a committee of experts stated that there … Continued

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Canadian government takes a step to decriminalize drug possession

Earlier in August, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) released new guidelines, the PPSC Deskbook, for prosecuting the illegal possession of controlled substances under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. As part of the new guidelines, federal prosecutors pursuing charges for illegal drug use are now urged to only criminally prosecute individuals with the … Continued

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Public drinking coming to Canada

In recent months, many Canadian cities have proposed changing laws around public alcohol consumption. Due to the significant impact of COVID-19 and implementation of social distancing measures on the hospitality industry, government officials have been pushing to relax patio regulations and alcohol laws to help restaurants and bars stay in business.  Across many Canadian cities … Continued

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Purple heroin warning issued in Eastern Ontario

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) has issued warnings of increased incidence of drug-related overdoses in and around the city of Cornwall. Further, many of the overdoses seem to be linked to the drug referred to as “purple heroin,” “purple,” or “purp.” Purple heroin typically consists of a mix of drugs including heroin, methamphetamine and … Continued

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