More cannabis education needed for youth

The results of a new report released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) showed that more than 23,500 young people in Canada, aged 10 to 24 years, were hospitalized due to substance use over the period of 2017-18, prior to cannabis legalization. Moreover, the data show that cannabis was responsible for 40% of these … Continued

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Cannabis edibles now legal!

One year following recreational cannabis legalization across Canada, cannabis-containing edibles, extracts and topical products have become legal. However, these new products will not be on sale until at least mid-December as licensed cannabis producers can only now submit their edible and topical products to Health Canada for approval. These products will then be subject to … Continued

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Cannabis edibles may pose new challenges

According to an article published in Canadian Occupational Safety, newly available edible cannabis products are stronger and have more lasting effects compared to those which are inhaled, posing potential new challenges to employees. On October 17, the legal production and sale of edible cannabis products, as well as cannabis extracts and topicals, took effect in … Continued

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Research group recommends medical grade heroin for severe addicts

A research group in Vancouver has recommended health-care providers offer injectable medical-grade heroin, or another prescription drug, to severely addicted patients if treatment with oral medication is not effective in decreasing cravings. This is being presented as a solution for those individuals who could die from overdose by street drugs. The guideline, contained in an … Continued

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NLC drug unit targets cannabis black market

Several months ago, the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation (NLC) established a drug enforcement unit which was given the authority to investigate, obtain search warrants and seize drugs. The new NLC unit has already made seizures of edibles, dried cannabis, oils and even weapons. According to CBC News, approximately 240 pounds of dried cannabis and … Continued

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Get Ready for the FMCSA Clearinghouse with our Free Course

Are you prepared to start using the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) Clearinghouse database? Well, the Drug and Alcohol Testing Association of Canada (DATAC) is here to show you the way! We are providing an online course to help you figure out exactly what the Clearinghouse is, and … Continued

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Study: Private sector choosing zero-tolerance for cannabis

According to the results of a recent Conference Board of Canada survey, almost half of private-sector employers have implemented a zero-tolerance cannabis policy in the workplace. Monica Haberl, study senior researcher, told the Calgary Herald that while 76% of Canada’s employers had updated their cannabis policies prior to its legalization in October 2018, many still … Continued

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DATAC Report: National Opioid Management Study

North America is in a state of crisis. Opioid addiction is rampant throughout the entire country, with recent data from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) finding that more than 10,000 Canadians have died from opioid overdoses over the period of 2016-2018. In trying to deal with this worsening crisis Canadian doctors, health providers … Continued

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Saskatchewan to receive $5.4M for police training

The Government of Canada has recently announced it will fund $5.4 million over five years to support frontline law enforcement officers to combat drug-impaired driving in Saskatchewan. According to a news release by the federal government, funding is aimed to ‘increase capacity among frontline police officers in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) and Drug Recognition … Continued

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Territories struggle with substance abuse

In recent years the number of opioid-related overdoses in Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut has continued to rise, despite their small populations. A recent article published by Vice Canada has examined the growing drug problem in Canada’s territories. “A significant portion of criminal activity is largely driven by the sale of illicit drugs, which … Continued

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