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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Johnson & Johnson found guilty in fuelling opioid crisis

An Oklahoma judge has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million to the state of Oklahoma after determining that the company and its subsidiaries contributed to fuelling its opioid drug crisis. The ruling was made by Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman and determined that Johnson & Johnson deceptively marketed addictive painkillers. According to lawyers … Continued

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Canada’s wastewater reveals drug use

According to the results of a new pilot study Canadians’ drug habits significantly vary from coast to coast. The study examined wastewater from five Canadian cities for the presence of cannabis and other illegal substances such as methamphetamine and cocaine. The results revealed that out of the five cities reviewed the highest consumption of cannabis … Continued

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Harm reduction halves death toll

A new study recently published in the scientific journal, Addiction, demonstrates that without harm reduction efforts the death toll from drug-related causes would have been more than double. The study, which was led by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), found that between April 2016 and December 2017 there were 2,177 people killed by … Continued

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