Opioid crisis update: 10,000 deaths 2016-2018

According to new data released by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), more than 10,000 Canadians have died from opioid overdoses over the period of 2016-2018. The findings released in the report demonstrate that the opioid crisis has affected every part of Canada, and that there are clear differences in numbers of deaths and … Continued

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NL holds up employer’s refusal to hire medical cannabis user

The Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador recently upheld an arbitration decision to dismiss a grievance filed by a union on behalf of an employee who was not hired for a safety-sensitive construction project position because of his use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. In the judicial review of the case, International Brotherhood of Electrical … Continued

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Fentanyl circulates as fake Xanax in Halifax

According to frontline addictions workers in the Halifax area, there is a significant increase in the number of fake Xanax pills laced with the lethal opioid fentanyl circulating on the streets. Xanax is the brand name for a type of benzodiazepine medication typically prescribed for short-term management of generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder. Benzodiazepines … Continued

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DOT calls for vigilance in drug testing

Since the Cannabis Act came into effect, in October of 2018, many Canadian logistics companies have expressed concerns regarding how the legalization of cannabis could affect the transportation industry. Moreover, under the new impaired driving laws passed by the Canadian government in December 2018, having an illegal blood alcohol concentration within two hours of driving … Continued

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Cannabis act sentencing begins in Winnipeg

A Winnipeg resident, Rodney Clayton Felix, 31, pled guilty on April 2 for possession of cannabis for the purpose of distributing under the federal Cannabis Act. Rodney Felix was found with 85 grams of cannabis in Portage Place mall in November 2018 when electronics store staff called security after Felix broke a speaker when he … Continued

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International drug smugglers busted in Ontario

Ontario Police have dismantled an international drug ring with connections to the United States and Mexico. The OPP seized a total of 55 kilograms of cocaine being smuggled in a transport truck from California, worth a street value of $5.5 million, according to Deputy Commissioner Rick Barnum. According to Barnum, the police arrested three people … Continued

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Less blood samples than expected with new impaired driving law

The Liberal government’s new tough impaired driving laws passed in December 2018 introducing three new drug-related offences for drivers who had consumed drugs within two hours of driving. The new legislation was met with concerns regarding ‘potential for injustice’ due to the wide range of powers given to the police in order to administer sobriety … Continued

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Dryden highschool struggles with drugs and alcohol

Dryden High School staff and administration attempt to ‘move forward’ in dealing with drug and alcohol problem In February, Dryden community leaders had already gathered to tackle the growing drug problem in the Dryden community. Sean Monteith, the director of education of the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board (KPDSB), has also joined the efforts to address … Continued

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