Implant to treat opioid addiction

A new treatment is available to Canadians addicted to opioids in the form of an implant which is placed in the upper arm and releases an ongoing low dose of medication for 6 months, with the potential of treatment duration of up to one year. The implant contains medication called buprenorphine, and comes in the … Continued

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Overall drug-impaired driving on the rise

According to a recent report from the Edmonton Police Commission, Edmonton police recorded less than 100 instances of cannabis-impaired driving in 2018. Shortly after cannabis legalization, the Edmonton Police Service marked the police reports in which police officers indicated they believed that the driver was operating the vehicle under the influence of cannabis. The cannabis-related … Continued

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Quebec looks to implement public smoking ban

The Quebec government is facing strong opposition on its bill aimed to increase the legal age of cannabis consumption from 18 to 21 and implement a smoking ban in all public areas. The legal age to purchase alcohol and tobacco in Quebec is 18, and according to current laws, Quebec residents have the right to … Continued

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Potential for injustice with new impaired driving laws

Canadian criminal defense lawyers are voicing concerns regarding the new Bill C-46, which came into effect last month, and provides the police with a wider range of powers to administer sobriety tests on drivers, boaters and even canoeists. Under new tough driving impaired laws past by the Canadian Parliament in December 2018, Canadians could now … Continued

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How Suncor decisions impact Canadian testing

Starting in the first quarter of 2019, workers and contractors of Suncor Energy will be subject to random alcohol and drug tests. Suncor Energy, a Canadian integrated energy company based in Calgary, Alberta, specializes in the production of oil and natural gas in Western Canada, and operates multiple refineries across the country. The jobs subject … Continued

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New cannabinoid getting attention

Chances are, you have heard of cannabidiol (CBD), one of the naturally occurring active compounds (called cannabinoids) found in cannabis and hemp. But, have you heard of CBN? Although its name bears a close resemblance to CBD, cannabinol (CBN) offers distinctive effects and benefits that set it apart from both THC and CBD. CBN is … Continued

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Chronic pain patients feel stigmatized

The use of prescription opioids has skyrocketed in Canada over the last 20 years. High doses of commonly prescribed are associated with risks including fatal overdoses, motor vehicle accidents, and falls and fractures in the elderly population. Among concerns of overprescription, the Ontario Public Drug Programs (OPDP) announced the delisting of high-strength opioids in July … Continued

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National cannabis 4th quarter review

Statistics Canada has released the results of the National Cannabis Survey (NCS) from the fourth quarter of 2018. According to the Statistics Canada website, the main goal of the survey is “to better understand the frequency of cannabis usage in Canada and to monitor changes in behaviour as a result of the legalization of cannabis … Continued

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