Kitchener drug checking program finds xylazine

Kitchener drug checking program finds xylazine

According to recent data released by the Kitchener drug testing program at the city’s consumption, the powerful tranquilizer xylazine is “rampant” in the local illicit drug supply. To date, the program has tested nearly 1,000 samples from 300 individuals since it...
Saskatchewan launches new drug alert system

Saskatchewan launches new drug alert system

Saskatchewan initiated a new Provincial Drug Alert System in January, aimed to enable the Ministry of Health to improve coordination of the issuance of drug alerts and assist partner organizations with monitoring the toxicity of illicit drugs across Saskatchewan. As...
Calgary mobile service helps prevent overdoses

Calgary mobile service helps prevent overdoses

A recent article published by CBC and authored by Boshika Gupta examined the effectiveness of Calgary’s drug checking pilot program, Drug Checkin YYC, launched by the local advocacy organization Alberta Alliance Who Educate and Advocate Responsibly (AAWEAR). The...
Yukon MP prompts opioid crisis study

Yukon MP prompts opioid crisis study

Following Yukon MP Brendan Hanley’s motion made earlier in 2023, the parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Health will examine Canada’s opioid epidemic and toxic drug crisis. Specifically, the study will evaluate federal, provincial, and territorial efforts to...
Alberta opioid deaths reach record levels

Alberta opioid deaths reach record levels

According to recent data released by the Alberta provincial government, 1,411 Albertans died from opioid poisonings in 2023 compared to 1,124 at the same time last year, which corresponds to a more than 25% increase over nine months. Earlier in 2023, the Alberta...