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Stigma creates obstacles to opioid dependency treatment

Stigma creates obstacles to opioid dependency treatment

A recent opinion article authored by Dr. Mark S. Gould and published by Psychology Today discusses the impact of negative attitudes and stigma towards individuals affected by opioid use disorder on their access to treatment. According to Dr. Gould, stigma can...

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U.S. Democrats urge DEA to reschedule cannabis

U.S. Democrats urge DEA to reschedule cannabis

Earlier in January, 12 U.S. Senate Democrats put pressure on the Biden administration to ease federal restrictions on cannabis regulation in a new letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Tuesday, as it deliberates rescheduling cannabis. According to new...

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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...

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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...

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Teen substance use linked to mental health issues

Teen substance use linked to mental health issues

According to the results of a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), teenagers who drink alcohol, or smoke cigarettes or cannabis are more likely to experience psychiatric symptoms compared to their peers who do not use these...

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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...

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Study shows safe supply decreases overdoses

Study shows safe supply decreases overdoses

According to the results of a new research study carried out by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), prescribing medical-grade opioids significantly reduced the numbers of both deaths and overdoses for B.C. residents.   Specifically, the study,...

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Register today for DATAC’s first webinar of 2024

Register today for DATAC’s first webinar of 2024

DATAC is proud to announce our first webinar of 2024 I was exposed to drugs! The truth about environmental exposure testing, hosted by Dr. Donna Coy, USDTL’s Laboratory Director with over 10 years of experience in the forensic toxicology field.  We are so excited...

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