Policy did not support testing for shipyard

Following a recent B.C. Labour Relations Board (LRB) decision, a Seaspan employee at Vancouver Shipyards in North Vancouver was awarded $15,000 in damages after it was determined that his rights had been violated when he was subjected to a year of random drug monitoring that had not been indicated in the drug and alcohol testing … Continued

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“Tranq Dope” is on the rise in the US

A recent article published in Vice Magazine and authored by Manisha Krishnan discusses the spread of xylazine, a drug also referred to as “tranq dope” throughout the U.S. Earlier in November, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an alert to healthcare professionals about the special patient management required for treatment of opioid overdoses … Continued

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Study: Drug-checking services make festivals safer

According to the results of a new scientific study, implementing drug-checking services at festivals is linked to a significant reduction in drug-related harms. In addition, the study found that the use of drug-checking services at such events also allows effective interventions for higher-risk drug users and does not increase the quantities of drugs being consumed. … Continued

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The challenges of creating more ways to treat alcoholism

A recent article published by the Washington Post, authored by Katherine Ellison, discusses the difficulties in the development, promotions, and accessibility of new medications for alcohol use disorder. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), alcohol abuse is linked to over 140,000 deaths in the U.S. each year, while data released by the Canadian … Continued

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MADD Canada evaluates testing measures for impaired driving

Earlier in October, MADD Canada, a charitable organization with a mandate to stop impaired driving, consulted with police services across Canada to conduct a national scan, titled A Review of the Enforcement Level of Bill C-46 and Canada’s Impaired Driving Testing Regime. According to MADD, the scan was aimed to identify potential deficits in the … Continued

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Growing concern among Toronto pharmacists as armed robberies spike

According to a CTV News Investigation, armed robberies targeting Toronto-area pharmacies have more than doubled over the past year, due to gangs searching for drugs to sell. Furthermore, it has been shown that the revenue generated by selling stolen pills has been driving other crimes, including carjacking, while introducing more dangerous opioids to the illicit … Continued

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New ketamine-like drug discovered in Australia

Scientists in Canberra have discovered a new recreational drug with a chemical structure similar to that of ketamine, an anesthetic used by medical professionals. The new substance, which has been named “CanKet” (Canberra ketamine), was discovered at CanTEST, Australia’s first face-to-face government-supported pill-testing centre that was created as a trial in earlier in 2022. According … Continued

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New cannabis breathalyzer developed by UCLA scientists

Earlier in September, researchers at UCLA and ElectraTect, a UCLA startup, published new research which describes testing a prototype of a “cannabinoid fuel cell” that could lead to the development of a cannabis breath analyzer similar to those used for testing alcohol on a person’s breath. According to the research article published in the journal … Continued

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Addictive personality: Myth or fact?

A recent analysis article published in The Conversation examined the concept of an addictive personality. In the article, the authors argue that the term “addictive personality” is problematic, as it’s associated with negative connotations, such as weakness, unreliability, selfishness, impulsivity, and a lack of control. Moreover, the authors discuss the notion that the addictive personality … Continued

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