Government struggles with cannabis measurement parameters

Last Spring, the federal government announced two bills that will constitute the country’s legislation for cannabis legalization. Bill C-45 outlines the law for production, possession, safety standards, distribution, and sales, and Bill C-46, outlines impairment driving practices including roadside testing and limits for impairment. Both bills were passed by the House of Commons, but neither … Continued

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U.S. says they will seek death penalty for drug dealers

U.S. President Donald Trump presented his plan to address the opioid addiction crisis in New Hampshire, which included tightening sentencing laws for drug traffickers and pursuing the death penalty for dealers. Speaking with reporters during a meeting in the Oval Office last Thursday, Trump called the opioid crisis a “national health emergency,” and called upon … Continued

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Alcohol still a problem in Ontario

Two years after the government first announced its plans to create a national strategy to battle alcohol dependence and its related illnesses, concerns have arisen that this plan is being brushed aside in the wake of the opioid crisis and the upcoming legalization of cannabis. In the last ten years, Ontario has increased the availability … Continued

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Unclear if province will continue to use Halifax toxicology lab

A Halifax toxicology lab is under scrutiny after a recent Supreme Court decision questioned its results in a child custody case. In her ruling, Justice Theresa Forgeron ruled against the Department of Community Services’ motion to allow expert evidence from the Central Health Authority’s toxicology lab in regards to urine test samples from a Cape … Continued

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Australia looks at mandatory rehab for young offenders

In an effort to break the drug and alcohol cycle of teenagers entering the criminal justice system, Australia’s Opposition Coalition is proposing a new “tough but compassionate” mandatory drug and alcohol treatment for offending teens. Opposition Leader Matthew Guy is hoping the plan will improve community safety as well as provide an alternative to jail … Continued

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Info Update: Naloxone

Overview What is naloxone? Naloxone is an injectable drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. It is sometimes called a “save shot” or a “rescue shot.” Brand names for naloxone are Narcan and Evzio.1 Naloxone only reverses the effects of opioids such as heroin, methadone, morphine, opium, codeine, or hydrocodone. It does not … Continued

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Police are forced to abandon field tests due to opioid danger

Field tests have now been largely abandoned in St. Louis, Missouri, over fears that police officers will be exposed to deadly fentanyl while handling testing samples. Previously, police officers would test for illicit drugs like cocaine, heroin, and other narcotics by placing the sample into a testing liquid at the scene of confiscation, which then … Continued

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Alberta’s Top Court Upholds Injunction Against Suncor

Suncor, and Unifor Local 707, have been battling over random drug testing in Alberta for six years. Most recently, in December of 2017, Justice Paul Belzil stated that the privacy rights of the employees are just as important as safety, and Suncor immediately appealed. “The request by Suncor to increase the scope of drug and … Continued

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Info Update: Drug and Alcohol Use During Spring Break

Every year, Canadian students flock south to make the best of their March break vacations. This year, given the current opioid crisis affecting North America, it is more important than ever to be aware of the risks associated with drug and alcohol use. If you plan on vacationing this March break, follow these tips to … Continued

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Fentanyl laced drugs may be reason for recent wave of overdoses

After reviewing a patient’s hospital discharge report that indicated use of fentanyl when the patient only claimed to have smoked crack cocaine, Rhiannon Thomas, a coordinator at Toronto’s South Riverdale Community Health Centre, warned CBC Radio’s Metro Morning that the city’s supply of crack cocaine may in fact be laced with the deadly opioid. And … Continued

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