New machine able to identify trace amounts of illicit drugs

A new drug testing machine used to identify potentially deadly drugs was evaluated in a brief trial at an overdose prevention site in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside earlier in August. The machine uses a technique called paper spray mass spectrometry and can evaluate the presence of trace amounts of illicit drugs, as well as contaminants in … Continued

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Increase in training leads to more drug impairment investigations

In Edmonton, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of drug tests conducted at the police station since the legalization of cannabis. In fact, Edmonton police are currently conducting more than 10 times the number of drug-impaired driving investigations compared to the previous several years. However, according to the police force, this spike … Continued

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Is your drug testing program legally defensible?

In recent years, drug and alcohol testing has emerged as one of the most contentious issues in Canadian employment and labour law. Drew Demerse, lawyer and partner at Roper Greyell LLP, a workplace law practice based in Vancouver, B.C., has discussed two recent arbitration decisions demonstrating that employers can be accountable for making reasoned decisions … Continued

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Cannabis pardon may make things worse

A new online application system has enabled Canadians to apply for pardons for simple cannabis possession convictions through the Parole Board of Canada’s website. However, having a pardon can make border crossing into the U.S. more difficult. Justice Minister David Lametti revealed the new online application system in July with the aim to “remove barriers … Continued

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Study: Best mental health with no alcohol

According to the results of a new study, giving up alcohol could improve our well-being, even for those people who practice moderation when it comes to drinking. The research, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), examined data collected by a survey from approximately 31,000 participants in the United States and 10,400 participants in … Continued

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Canadian alcohol deaths on the increase

New research carried out by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) demonstrates that alcohol-related hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise, with 10 Canadians dying in hospitals every day due to harm from substance use, with 75% of these deaths directly related to alcohol use.  The data also reveals that alcohol contributes to more … Continued

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Ontario emergency rooms see spike in women binge drinking

According to the results of a new research study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), emergency room alcohol-related visits by women have increased by 86.5%, compared to 53.2% for men, adding an increased strain on overburdened emergency departments in Ontario. The study, led by Dr. Daniel Myran at the School of Epidemiology and … Continued

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Ontario looks to add hard liquor sales to corner stores

According to the new recommendations contained in the report released by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), the sale of hard liquor should be allowed alongside beer and wine in convenience stores. Moreover, the OCC has recommended expanding online sales options of alcohol. These changes are aimed to “modernize” the sale of alcohol in Ontario, … Continued

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Blockchain tech to be used to track medicinal cannabis quality

In early June at the second annual World Cannabis Congress, Shoppers Drug Mart announced that it will be implementing a pilot program using the StrainSecure™ platform, a proprietary of TruTrace Technologies, which focuses on the testing of cannabis products to verify their origin, authenticity and provide quality assurance. A&L Canada Laboratories Inc. and TruTrace Technologies … Continued

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Yukon to obtain $2.3M for drug training and testing equipment

The federal government announced in July that the Yukon is to receive federal money for drug-testing devices as well as for training police officers to test drivers for drug impairment. Tracy-Anne McPhee, the Yukon’s minister of justice, and Larry Bagnell, the MP representing the territory, announced the funding of $2.3 million over a five-year period … Continued

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