Education boosts public support for higher alcohol prices

According to the results of a new study carried out by researchers at the University of Toronto and University of Victoria, people who learn that alcohol can cause cancer are significantly more likely to support policies that raise alcohol prices. This research demonstrates that fewer than 25% of Canadians who consume alcohol are aware that … Continued

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GHB, the ‘date rape’ drug: What you need to know

Gammahydroxybutrate, or GHB, is a psychoactive drug used for medical treatment of narcolepsy, and is also known under the names of liquid ecstasy, G, grievous bodily harm, scoop and easy lay. GHB is used recreationally as a party drug, and has earned itself a reputation as a date-rape drug since it has sedative effects and … Continued

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FMCSA Releases Emergency Declaration

On March 13th the FMCSA issued a “National Emergency Declaration for Commercial Vehicles Delivering Relief in Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak”. This declaration is the first time that the FMCSA has issued a nation-wide hours-of-service relief to commercial vehicle drivers, this one issued for drivers who are continuing to transport emergency relief during the COVID-19 … Continued

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Is the opioid crisis becoming a threat for Europe?

A recent article published in the renowned medical journal The Lancet has raised concerns of the opioid crisis potentially facing Europe in the coming years. In the article, the authors discuss the increasing use of opioids in the Netherlands, where opioid medications were previously only used to treat cancer pain, but are now also used … Continued

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The positives of safe drug sites

In a recent opinion article published in the Calgary Herald, Prof. Benjamin Perrin, discussed the benefits of safe injection sites. Prof. Perrin is a law professor at the University of British Columbia and author of the upcoming book Overdose: Heartbreak and Hope in Canada’s Opioid Crisis, and has carried out an extensive research literature review … Continued

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Working safely during COVID-19

As global efforts are put into place to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus the DATAC wants to make sure that all collectors and TPAs are aware of the appropriate temporary measures to take to ensure the continued safety of all employees and operations. For those who are still doing testing, it has become … Continued

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U.S Alcohol-related deaths double over the last 20 years

According to the results of a new study carried out by researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), alcohol consumption and the rate of alcohol-associated harms is on the rise in the United States. The study also showed that the number of alcohol-related hospitalizations, and death rates, are on the rise. … Continued

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Binge drinking youth more likely to take part in risky behaviours

According to the results of two recent scientific studies published in the journal Pediatrics, adolescents who engage in binge drinking behaviour or abuse prescription opioids are significantly more likely to engage in other risky behaviors. The first study examined driving outcomes associated with binge drinking, and involved researchers following over 2,000 teens for four years … Continued

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CBD can have side effects too

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the naturally occurring plant molecules called phytocannabinoids extracted from cannabis and hemp plants. In contrast to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a phytocannabinoid molecule found in cannabis, CBD is not psychoactive – which means it does not cause alterations in mental state, and does not affect nervous system function. Recently, research studies have … Continued

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