Fatal overdoses at all time high in British Columbia

According to a new report released by the B.C. Coroners Service, May 2020 was the province’s deadliest month ever for illicit drug overdoses. A total of 170 people died from overdoses in May, as the toxic supply of street drugs continues. B.C. has reported a total of 554 fatalities from illicit drug use in 2020 … Continued

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Pandemic causes disruptions to illegal drug trade

According to the findings of a recent report published by the United Nations (U.N.), the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted the illegal drug trade, affecting nearly every country and various kinds of drugs. The report was created using data from governments and open sources, including the media. “Mobility restrictions, closed borders and a decline in … Continued

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Opioid crisis may be on its way to Asia

Early in May, Myanmar police announced a record drug bust, seizing the largest-ever haul of liquid fentanyl. As part of the raid, a total of 33 individuals were arrested, including Burmese nationals. This was the first official record of seizure of fentanyl in the Golden Triangle. “The drug trade in Shan State operates more freely … Continued

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Pandemic could lead to higher rate of deaths of despair

According to the results of a new study, the total number of deaths from drug overdose, alcohol, and suicide combined was lower in 2018 compared to 2017, and are levelling out for the first time in 20 years. Specifically, the report highlights lower numbers of overdose deaths involving prescription opioids, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, and heroin, … Continued

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FMCSA grants waiver for pre-employment testing

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the FMCSA, an agency of the DOT, has put a three-month waiver into place for certain pre-employment testing requirements. This waiver comes in response to the President’s Executive Order No. 13924, issued on May 19, 2020, Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery. This order from the president had to do … Continued

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Arbitrator rules drug test policy too broad

A recent arbitration decision has determined that parts of the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s (SHA) drug and alcohol testing policy are too broad. The policy was created in 2018, following legalization of cannabis. The arbitration ruling was made on March 31, following a grievance filed by the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan (HSAS) in October 2018. … Continued

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U.S. Anti-doping agency launches at-home drug testing program

The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has announced the initiation of an unprecedented at-home drug testing program which will involve top Olympians conducting self-administered urine and blood tests while being observed remotely on Zoom or FaceTime by USADA personnel. The new virtual testing program is currently the only one of its kind in the world and … Continued

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New York City bans testing for cannabis

A new law passed by the New York City Council referred to as Int. No. 1445-A took effect on May 10, 2020. This new law prohibits employers in New York City from requiring prospective employees to submit to drug testing for tetrahydrocannabinols (THC), the active ingredient in cannabis. Earlier in 2019, legislators in both New … Continued

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Ontario temporarily lowers price of alcohol sold by restaurants

The province of Ontario has lowered the minimum price of alcohol sold by licensed bars and restaurants to alleviate the burden of the struggling hospitality industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “The AGCO continues to work closely with the Government of Ontario during the state of emergency to support Ontarians and the sectors we regulate.” Jean … Continued

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