Drugs

Boredom, stress during pandemic behind rise in alcohol, cannabis use for some Canadians: survey

The ongoing health crisis has played a role in Canadians’ use of drugs and alcohol, with boredom and stress driving a boost in consumption for some adults during the pandemic, according to a new survey. Statistics Canada, which released its findings Thursday, looked into how… Read More »Boredom, stress during pandemic behind rise in alcohol, cannabis use for some Canadians: survey

Ottawa’s drug law reform doesn’t do enough to tackle systemic racism, advocates say

Ottawa must repeal drug possession laws if it is serious about cracking down on systemic racism in the justice system, researchers and advocates say. Last week, the federal government tabled Bill C-22, which was hailed for the most part as a progressive piece of criminal… Read More »Ottawa’s drug law reform doesn’t do enough to tackle systemic racism, advocates say

Toronto homicide detective resigns after admitting to stealing opioids from evidence locker. OPP investigating impact on cases

A Toronto police homicide detective has resigned after admitting he stole opioids from his force’s drug evidence lockers, the Star has learned — spurring an external review by the Ontario Provincial Police and potentially impacting criminal prosecutions. Former detective Paul Worden — a 32-year veteran… Read More »Toronto homicide detective resigns after admitting to stealing opioids from evidence locker. OPP investigating impact on cases

Police seize more than $135K worth of drugs from Lethbridge home – Lethbridge

Lethbridge police have charged two people with multiple drug-related offences following the culmination of a surveillance operation earlier this week. On Thursday, police executed a search warrant on a Lethbridge home they had been surveilling since January, after a report from the Safer Communications and… Read More »Police seize more than $135K worth of drugs from Lethbridge home – Lethbridge

30 pounds of cannabis, other drugs seized during RIDE program in Peterborough County – Peterborough

A Newmarket, Ont., man faces drug trafficking charges following a RIDE stop by Peterborough County OPP. According to OPP, officers were conducting a Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere program on County Road 2 in Asphodel-Norwood Township when around 10:45 p.m. they stopped a vehicle. Read more:… Read More »30 pounds of cannabis, other drugs seized during RIDE program in Peterborough County – Peterborough

Peterborough County OPP release 2020 Festive RIDE program numbers – Peterborough

OPP officers from the Peterborough County detachment checked approximately 2,000 vehicles during the holiday season, looking for impaired drivers. Read more: Peterborough police check 5,000 vehicles during Festive RIDE campaign in December Since the launch of the Festive RIDE campaign on Nov. 26, 2020, OPP… Read More »Peterborough County OPP release 2020 Festive RIDE program numbers – Peterborough

Driver charged after Saskatchewan highway police pull over semi, seize 100 kg of pot

A Milton, Ont. man, 51, is facing drug charges after Saskatchewan authorities said they found 100 kg of cannabis in the trailer of a semi-truck on Highway 1 near Regina on Wednesday, according to the White Butte RCMP. RCMP were called by the Saskatchewan Highway… Read More »Driver charged after Saskatchewan highway police pull over semi, seize 100 kg of pot

Mental illness is on the rise due to COVID-19. Could psychedelic drugs be the ‘game changer’?

Thomas Hartle is a 52-year-old IT technician from Saskatoon who doesn’t smoke, rarely drinks and never dabbled in drugs before trying medicinal cannabis. As part of his profession, the soft-spoken, detail-oriented father of two typically spends much of his time planning and researching. But these… Read More »Mental illness is on the rise due to COVID-19. Could psychedelic drugs be the ‘game changer’?