Safe drug supply not enough for addicts

Despite the new provincial guidelines issued in March that allowed physicians more freedom to prescribed opiates and other substances to individuals struggling with addiction, drug testers in B.C. have been reporting higher concentrations of fentanyl and tranquilizes in the province’s illicit drug supply. In order to qualify for the opioid-containing medication, which is covered by … Continued

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Medicine Hat to open 1 of 5 new drug treatment courts in Alberta

Alberta Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer, revealed in early August that the government plans to open a drug treatment court in Medicine Hat with the goal of reducing crime by providing treatment to individuals struggling with addiction. A drug treatment court provides an alternative to prison for nonviolent offenders and is aimed to rehabilitate them, as … Continued

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Federal Custody and Control Form Updated

The Custody and Control Form (CCF), is the chain of custody form that is used by collectors when obtaining a specimen to send to the laboratory for testing. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued a revised CCF on August 17, 2020.  The new … Continued

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Canadian government takes a step to decriminalize drug possession

Earlier in August, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) released new guidelines, the PPSC Deskbook, for prosecuting the illegal possession of controlled substances under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. As part of the new guidelines, federal prosecutors pursuing charges for illegal drug use are now urged to only criminally prosecute individuals with the … Continued

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NFL delays drug testing due to COVID-19

The NFL Players Association had announced to all players that the window for annual drug testing was moved to the period of August 7-17 due to the inability of the league to complete the collection process. According to the association, the drug testing procedures were pushed back due to increased COVID-19 screenings. Since the beginning … Continued

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Court of appeal critical of undue hardship assessment

The Court of Appeal of Newfoundland and Labrador has recently overturned a decision of the lower court, which had upheld an arbitration award on judicial review. Consequently, three separate reasons were issued by the Court of Appeal addressing undue hardship limits of accommodation which should be considered by employers regarding impairment from medication in safety-sensitive … Continued

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Substance abuse costs Canada money

According to the findings of a new report released by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), substance use by Canadians is costing close to $46 billion annually. The report, entitled Canadian Substance Use Costs and Harms, also states that this translates into $1,250 for every person in the country, while substance use … Continued

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Cannabis positives top list of Clearinghouse violations

According to the findings of the first report which analyzed data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse database, cannabis was the most common substance found in positive drug and alcohol tests among commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The Clearinghouse is a national online database aimed to improve road … Continued

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Canada’s police chiefs support decriminalization of drug possession

Vancouver Police Chief Adam Palmer, who heads the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) is calling for the decriminalization of simple possession of illicit drugs. Instead, the CACP has proposed to improve access to health care, treatment and social services to deter people from the criminal justice system. “Arresting individuals for simple possession of … Continued

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